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Definition of rigmarole noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also rigamarole) [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 rigamarole about being stuck in traffic.
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