Definition of dog and pony show in English:

dog and pony show


informal North American
  • An elaborate display or presentation, especially as part of a promotional campaign.

    • ‘the department never really had a chance to get its dog and pony show under way’
    • ‘We have the rifle association sponsoring a dog and pony show for their supporters, which include some of the biggest freaks this country has ever produced.’
    • ‘It was disturbing, however, to have to sit there for what turned into a dog and pony show.’
    • ‘I think that's one of the reasons why the producers selected me, is that the first time I contacted them, I expected this to be some weird dog and pony show.’
    • ‘Then we went through a dog and pony show to prove to him that my computer really wasn't working.’
    • ‘It was very much the dog and pony show, where morning panels of supportive broadcasters and opposing music industry spokesmen were taken in the afternoon.’
    • ‘It seems like kind of a dog and pony show, and I never want to be in that position.’
    • ‘This is a pivotal time for the TV industry, this dog and pony show, known in the industry, as the ‘up fronts’ begins this week.’
    • ‘Anyway, let's get this dog and pony show on the road.’
    • ‘Myth #4: You never learn anything worthwhile from a dog and pony show.’
    • ‘From where I sit, I detect a familiar ring in this dog and pony show to the not so veiled message she's packing where Iran is concerned.’
    • ‘We are all part of an expanding dog and pony show.’
    • ‘Admittedly, the DVD set is light in the special features department, but on a show this good the extras are just a dog and pony show.’
    • ‘This administration has lied about everything, so how can you be so credulous as to believe their latest dog and pony show?’
    • ‘Any bozo can put out a dog and pony show for public consumption; it's definitely a buyer beware situation.’
    • ‘She had a horrible feeling that her fate had already been decided and this was nothing more than a dog and pony show for the rest of the nobles.’
    • ‘What kind of dog and pony show are they running down there?’
    • ‘Unlike other blogging dog and pony shows, Kevin has seen to it that these awards stay lighthearted.’
    • ‘Recently, the city council passed, after several dog and pony shows, their version of an assault weapon ban, effectively making me a criminal.’
    • ‘Apart from a few titles or tech demos, there were usually no gaming applications that reflected graphics cards marketeers' dog and pony shows.’
    • ‘What this really means is they are only amenable to the marketing efforts of the larger vendors who put on good dog and pony shows for top management accompanied by always expected perks.’