What does the word rigmarole mean?

Usage examples for rigmarole

  1. I cannot tell you exactly what would happen, because it would be a tragedy without precedent, but it is impossible that German officials would surrender a trunk without receiving a Schein in exchange; at least, not without months of rigmarole and delay. – Home Life in Germany by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  2. Else I shall not believe a word of your devilish rigmarole, Monsieur cried out. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  3. Now let us see what all this rigmarole really amounts to. – Who? by Elizabeth Kent