An example of rigmarole is the paperwork many people often have to go through to get approval on a refinanced loan.
Origin of rigmarole
- Alteration of obsolete ragman roll catalog from Middle English ragmane rolle scroll used in Ragman, a game of chance perhaps from Anglo-Norman Ragemon le bon Ragemon the Good, title of a set of verses about a character of this name Middle English rolle list (from Old French) (from Latin rotula wheel roll)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From ragman roll (“long list; catalogue").