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rigmarole

noun [U] uk disapproving ( US also rigamarole)   /ˈrɪɡ.mə.rəʊl/ us    /-roʊl/
a long set of actions or words without any real purpose: The customs officials made us go through the (whole) rigmarole of opening up our bags for inspection.
Translations of “rigmarole”
in Chinese (Traditional) (毫無意義的)繁瑣費時的手續, 冗長的廢話…
in Chinese (Simplified) (毫无意义的)繁琐费时的手续, 冗长的废话…
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