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Re: Dog and pony show

Posted by Bruce Kahl on March 27, 2000

In Reply to: Dog and pony show posted by Gary Martin on March 27, 2000

: I've never heard this phrase in the UK. What does it mean?

It means to put on a presentation, usually done by a corporation to bring attention to itself or one of it's products.
I dont know the derivation of the phrase but I would guess it is from a circus. Here in the US in a three ring circus there is always the act that has the ponies parading in a circle going clockwise while there are little dogs jumping from horse to horse in a counter clockwise motion. Just a guess!