pantomime - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈpæntəˌmaɪm/
singularpantomime
pluralpantomimes
  1. 1
    [countable] theatre in the UK, a play for children that makes them laugh, based on a traditional story and usually performed at Christmas
    1. a.
  2. 2
    [countable] British informal an annoying confused situation in which people are not behaving in a sensible way