hoop·la (hplä′, hp-)
a. Boisterous, jovial commotion or excitement.
b. Extravagant publicity: The new sedan was introduced to the public with much hoopla.
2. Talk intended to mislead or confuse.
[Perhaps from French houp-là, upsy-daisy! : houp (of imitative origin) + là, there; see VOILà.]
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