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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: ragman roll 'document containing a long list, used in a game called "ragman"' (15-18 centuries)

rigmarole

noun
     
rig‧ma‧role also rigamarole American English [singular,uncountable]
a long confusing process or description:
I don't want to go through the rigmarole of taking him to court.

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