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noun [singular] British English pronunciation: rigmarole /ˈrɪɡmərəʊl/
  1. a long complicated process that seems unnecessary or silly

    I had to go through the whole rigmarole of being questioned and searched before they let me in.

    1. a.
      a description or story that is longer and more complicated than it needs to be

      All that rigmarole about the house being haunted was just to stop people from buying it.

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