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bench show

a dog show in which the animals of each breed are judged and awarded prizes on the basis of standards established for that breed.
Origin of bench show
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Well, I read on a little, and learned that a bench-show was not a bench-show—but dogs, not benches at all—only dogs.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • At New Haven I bought a paper, and found it filled with glaring display-lines about a "bench-show" there.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

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