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shaggy dog story meaning

  "shaggy dog story" in a sentence
  • Noun: shaggy dog story
    1. A long rambling joke whose humour derives from its pointlessness

    Derived forms: shaggy dog stories

    Type of: gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh

    Encyclopedia: Shaggy dog story

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  1. he spent the whole lunchtime telling this interminable shaggy dog story about an actress and a bishop
  2. How's this for a shaggy dog story?
  3. This kind of anticlimax is similar to that of the shaggy dog story.
  4. Shaggy dog stories play upon the audience's preconceptions of joke-telling.
  5. And those who endorse this belief will enjoy this shaggy dog story . ..

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