Definition of rigmarole noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rigmarole

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡmərəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡməroʊl//
     
    [uncountable, singular]
     
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  1. 1a long and complicated process that is annoying and seems unnecessary I couldn't face the whole rigmarole of getting a work permit again.
  2. 2a long and complicated story She turned up an hour late with some rigmarole about catching the wrong train.
  3. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: apparently an alteration of ragman roll, originally denoting a legal document recording a list of offences.
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