a clamorous and vigorous attempt to win customers or advance any cause; blatant advertising or publicity.
clamor or outcry.
a halfbeak, Hemiramphus brasiliensis, inhabiting both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
to advertise or push by ballyhoo.
None of the candidates in the ballyhooed “commander-in-chief debate” in South Carolina offered a very commanding performance.
Republican Debate Shows a Snoozy Field Stymied by Obama Jacob Heilbrunn November 12, 2011
The truth of the matter is that England, for all its ballyhooed history, is a minor traditional power.
Can England Forgive Robert Green? Alex Massie June 12, 2010
The show was ballyhooed the whole week while the work went on.
Prologue to an Analogue Leigh Richmond
I confessed how I ballyhooed at the door of an embroidery shop whenever a ship loosed English passengers for a two-hour visit.
Where the Pavement Ends John Russell
Jim was stupefied to find himself once more pilloried and portraited and ballyhooed in the newspapers.
We Can’t Have Everything Rupert Hughes
a noisy, confused, or nonsensical situation or uproar
sensational or blatant advertising or publicity
verb -hoos, -hooing, -hooed
(transitive) (mainly US) to advertise or publicize by sensational or blatant methods
“publicity, hype,” 1908, from circus slang, “a short sample of a sideshow” (1901), of unknown origin. There is a village of Ballyhooly in County Cork, Ireland. In nautical lingo, ballahou or ballahoo (1867, perhaps 1836) meant “an ungainly vessel,” from Spanish balahu “schooner.”
Much publicized; hyped-up: two ballyhooed mergers between telephone companies and cable-TV outifts (1920s+)
An alumnus or alumna
noun a district in central Northern Ireland, in Co Antrim. Pop: 59 516 (2003 est). Area: 634 sq km (247 sq miles) Historical Examples Several were convinced of sin, and the work of the Spirit of God went forward in ballymena. The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord’s Dealings With George Mller […]
noun a district in N Northern Ireland, in Co Antrim. Pop: 27 809 (2003 est). Area: 417 sq km (161 sq miles)
bullyrag. Historical Examples I hope this will be a lesson to you, Doyle, and will teach you not to ballyrag your customers in future. General John Regan George A. Birmingham verb -rags, -ragging, -ragged a variant of bullyrag
- Balm of gilead
any of several plants of the genus Commiphora, especially C. opobalsamum and C. meccanensis, which yield a fragrant oleoresin. Also called Mecca balsam. the resin itself, a turbid yellow, green, or brownish-red water-insoluble gluey liquid, used chiefly in perfumery. a hybrid North American poplar, Populus gileadensis, cultivated as a shade tree. noun any of several […]