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An elaborate act of bullshit, generally used to distract attention away from the sheer uselessness of the actual project or act.
The US Presidential Race.
Any democratic process in the US.

Look at these corrupt assholes talking about non-issues. Man do the ignorant apathetic masses eat up this dog and pony show.
by Jackofallfades August 12, 2012
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Used often in the business world, this incredibly versatile phrase can be literally translated as "fuck it."
The client changed the deadline to today? Well, it is what it is.
by A. Danish November 27, 2007
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an elaborately staged activity, performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince people (from a derisive term for a small circus)
Power point was originally used by buisnesses to create a dog and pony show.
by The Return of Light Joker July 22, 2008
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An elaborate presentation that lacks any imagination or originality, and is intended to impress an audience of rubes or halfwits
I am not going to meet with that sales rep. I've already seen his little dog and pony show.
by LouSara March 20, 2012
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Pretending to be something you're not or doing something that you want people to think is important when it really isn't.
HR person showing the "new guy" around and pretending her job has importance.

"What a dog and pony show she is putting on"
by Steve S August 18, 2005
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A demonstration or proof of concept (often done for a client) to prove the product works as sold or to show how a design on paper looks once actually built. May or may not be a waste of time. Used in the special effects industry among many others.
I have a Dog and Pony show for the director this afternoon. He wants to see how the exploding car rig looks on film.
by Victor Reiner October 03, 2006
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A term used to describe a more useless than tits-on-a-bull project that your useless fuck of an employer has you working on. And when it blows up in their face, they are asking why you didn't work hard enough.
Henry had me working in his shop for customers who only come in for samples and nothing else. That numbnut is running a real dog and pony show.
by straightpoolken September 18, 2004
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