without further ado

without further ado

Meaning

  • no fuss or ceremony
  • no delay
  • with no more work
  • without waiting any more
  • no time wasted before something happens
  • right away or immediately

Example Sentences

  1. Steve is very organised and friendly. When we met him last week, he introduced us all to the team without further ado.
  2. If we are all in agreement, let’s sign these papers without further ado.
  3. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce the new headmaster.
  4. There was such a delay while everyone got seated that we had to start the meeting without further ado.
  5. Good Evening ladies and gentlemen, and without further ado, I’d like to start the proceedings.
  6. Without further ado, let us start the game.
  7. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it.

Origin

It’s quite a formal phrase and fairly archaic, as it is from as far back as 1300. This phrase is often used in a formal setting, especially ceremonies where speeches or introductions will take place. Ado is an old word for ‘fuss or commotion.’ Using this phrase is a good way of bringing the assembled audience together, stopping the hubbub, or getting the crowd to focus on events in an old fashioned but polite way.

The most famous example of its use must be Shakespeare’s ‘Much ado about nothing.’

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The phrase, “without further ado,” ironically defeats the purpose of what it’s being used for, as reddit users so astutely pointed out. By saying, “without further ado” you just further adoed a little.

- Michael P. January 27, 2021

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