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    all-singing, all-dancing (adj.)
    Is this BrE? If so, what is the American equivalent?
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: all-singing, all-dancing

    We do use it in BrE.

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    Default Re: all-singing, all-dancing

    Thank you very much, tdol. What does it mean? I wonder if it's used in North America too.

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    Default Re: all-singing, all-dancing

    I don't see tdol online, so I'll try to answer, Itasan.

    It has implications of "doing everything you would want it to do", "up to date", "modern".

    If you have an "all singing, all dancing" mobile, for instance, it means it incorporates all the latest mobile phone technology.

    It's a theatrical metaphor: in an "all singing, all dancing" troupe of performers, everyone knows how to sing, dance, act, etc.

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    Default Re: all-singing, all-dancing

    Thank you very much, MrPedantic, for the valuable information. Now I see what it means.

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    Default Re: all-singing, all-dancing

    We also have with 'bells and whistles', which is used for something that has lots of features that aren't really necessary.

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    Default Re: all-singing, all-dancing

    I wonder if we could say that:

    (state-of-the-art) + (bells and whistles) = (all singing, all dancing)

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    The formula looks good to me.

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