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I was sitting with my finger in the hot water listening to this rigmarole.

What made that other child tell all that rigmarole about fairies?

Daddy Tantaine began to grow impatient with all this rigmarole.

But I've got to tell you all this rigmarole first, so you'll understand what's comin'.

"All this rigmarole comes of the theatre," said Sister Agatha grimly.

He was great in dreams, portents, et id genus omne of rigmarole.

Now you can tell me the true inward meaning of all this rigmarole.

He's got a rigmarole somethin' about his bein' a Jew pedler that he tells ev'rybody.

Of course, that rigmarole about the cardinal is all nonsense.

The Sirdar himself is included in his rigmarole of accusations.

WORD ORIGIN

1736, "a long, rambling discourse," apparently from an altered, Kentish colloquial survival of ragman roll "long list or catalogue" (1520s), in Middle English a long roll of verses descriptive of personal characters, used in a medieval game of chance called Rageman, perhaps from Anglo-French Ragemon le bon "Ragemon the good," which was the heading on one set of the verses, referring to a character by that name. Sense transferred to "foolish activity or commotion" by 1939.

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