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big top

noun
1.
the largest or main tent of a circus.
2.
a circus.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for big-top

big top

noun (informal)
1.
the main tent of a circus
2.
the circus itself
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Idioms and Phrases with big-top
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The main tent of a circus, as in The high-wire act is almost always in the big top. [ c. 1840 ]
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Underworld slang for a maximum-security prison, as in He was sentenced to ten years in the big top. [ 1950s ]
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