(Oxford English Dictionary)
song and dance
fig. A rigmarole, an elaborately contrived story or entreaty, a fuss or outcry. Also attrib. colloq. (orig. U.S. slang).
1895 E. W. TOWNSEND Chimmie Fadden 6 Den, 'is whiskers gives me a song an' dance.
1900 B. MATTHEWS Confident To-Morrow 9 And it ain't a song-and-dance I'm giving you either.
20 March 1897, Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA), pg. 3:
NEW YORK SLANG.
Some of the Words and Phrases of the
Tenement House Folk.
A flimsy excuse or transparent lie is called a "song and dance." "Why didn't you keep your engagement? Now don't give me no song and dance," is an example of the use of this queer phrase.
-- Harper's Weekly.
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