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Definition of shaggy-dog story noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

shaggy-dog story

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌʃæɡi ˈdɒɡ stɔːri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃæɡi ˈdɔːɡ stɔːri//
 
 
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a very long joke with a silly or disappointing ending
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shaggy-dog story