- 1A state of agitation or fuss: this is much ado about almost nothingMore example sentences
fuss, trouble, bother, upset, agitation, commotion, stir, hubbub, confusion, excitement, tumult, disturbance, hurly-burly, uproar, flurry, to-do, palaver, rigmarole, brouhaha, furore; North American fuss and feathers; Indian tamasha• informal hassle, hoo-ha, ballyhoo, hoopla, rumpus, flap, tizz, tizzy, stew, song and dance, performance, pantomime
- ‘Much ado about nothing’ was her reaction to the furore that followed her son's admission late on Thursday that the reports were true.
- Much ado has been made of this, and more ado will be made of it up to the opening bell.
- The new EEC was still considered peripheral, termed ‘much ado about nothing’ by Conservative Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd.
- 1.1 • dated Trouble or difficulty: I hastened there without delay or adoMore example sentences
- Five of us struggled, there was no manual apparent but after much ado it was removed… second problem, where does one store the top half of a car?
- With much ado, he places a mirror in front of him so he can see what is going on behind.
- Like all people who inwardly value themselves and have confidence in their abilities, they go about their lives without much ado, usually achieving whatever goals they set for themselves.
- • archaic What’s the matter?.More example sentences
- For the most part the majority of Americans haven't got a clue as to what's ado or how these talks will drastically alter and affect their lives.
without further (or more) ado
- Without any fuss or delay; immediately: without further ado he hurried down the stepsMore example sentences
- So, without further ado, let's quickly gloss over his suggestions and move onto my much more sensible and practical top ten.
- Promptly, without further ado, an entire shift decided to stay at home seriously disrupting production and causing severe losses to the company.
- So without further ado, let me direct you to their respective tasting notes.
late Middle English (originally in the sense 'action, business'): from northern Middle English at do 'to do', from Old Norse at (used to mark an infinitive) and do1.