cadenza, noun

Origin:
It is likely that the expression originated in Danny Kaye’s humorous 1940s recording ‘The Little Fiddle’.
Usually in the expression to have a cadenza: to show extreme agitation.
1991 D. Capel in Personality 2 Sept. 18The Conservative Party is having a cadenza about ‘subliminal messages’ on the SABC’s news logo.
[1995 G. Hughes Informant, Johannesburg‘Cadenza’ is one of the most used and unlisted words in S.A.E. I remember noticing it shortly after my arrival [from Britain] in ’66.]
1995 TV1, June (advt)My mother can’t cook...Oh, what a huge cadenza!
to show extreme agitation.
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