palaver

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GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

unnecessary fuss

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Specifically in British English, the informal word ‘palaver’ is used to express a lot of unneeded work, trouble, or bother over the way something is done, making it seem a lot more important than it really is. More generally, the term can describe loud and empty talk that goes on for too long.

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  1. Organizing that office function was such a palaver! It took up so much of my time that I am never going to volunteer to do something like that again.

  2. I can’t stand the nonstop palaver of politicians when they’re on the campaign trail. It’s just a lot of empty talk that drags on for weeks.

  3. There was a lot of palaver involving forms, documentation, and meetings, but finally the deal was agreed and the contract signed.

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