Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A flashy action or display intended to bewilder, confuse, or deceive.
  • n. Slang Ambiguous or evasive language; double talk.
  • n. Slang Ebullient energy; vim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ambiguous or meaningless language.
  • n. Empty and tiresome speculation.
  • n. Something presenting itself in a fanciful and showy, often unrealistic manner, especially when intended to impress and confuse.
  • n. A long and imposing series of mindless but necessary tasks; drudgery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of razzle-dazzle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain; perhaps an extended form of razz(le-dazzle). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In short, razzmatazz Las Vegas has come to Toronto.

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  • “LORD Mandelson has admitted Gordon Brown's leadership needs more "razzmatazz", as the Prime Minister fought off renewed attacks on his leadership style during a trip to the United States”

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  • EDITOR: I think a lack of 'razzmatazz' is the least of Mr Brown's problem behaviour...

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  • He and Kym performed a glitzy Broadway number that put Donny in tails, offered 100 percent what Len always calls "razzmatazz," and played up every showbiz cliché Donny has at his disposal.

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  • Even his key Cabinet ally, the influential business secretary Peter Mandelson, said Brown must show more "razzmatazz," to entice voters disillusioned with his leadership.

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  • Lord Mandelson, the influential Business Secretary, last week publicly called on him to show more "razzmatazz".

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  • West Bromwich 3 West Ham 2: Zola discovers size of task on and off field Liverpool 2 Manchester United 1: Alonso has right spirit as Liverpool ruin big day for Berbatov Manchester City 1 Chelsea 3: Lampard adds a note of reality to City 'razzmatazz'

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  • West Bromwich 3 West Ham 2: Zola discovers size of task on and off field Portsmouth 2 Middlesbrough 1: Defoe and Crouch on song as Pompey tune up for Uefa Cup Manchester City 1 Chelsea 3: Lampard adds a note of reality to City 'razzmatazz'

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  • Liverpool 2 Manchester United 1: Alonso has right spirit as Liverpool ruin big day for Berbatov Portsmouth 2 Middlesbrough 1: Defoe and Crouch on song as Pompey tune up for Uefa Cup Manchester City 1 Chelsea 3: Lampard adds a note of reality to City 'razzmatazz'

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  • "razzmatazz" got a round of back slaps from his mates when that rhyme came skipping from his lips?

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