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freak show

noun
1.
a display of people or animals with unusual or grotesque physical features, as at a circus or carnival sideshow.
2.
any ludicrous, bizarre, or dehumanizing occasion, function, performance, etc.; grotesque, circuslike event:
endless interviews and auditions that became a ridiculous freak show.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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Examples from the web for freak show
  • Forgive me for not wanting to visit the freak show next door.
  • Yet one aspect of it may soon seem less a freak show than a cliché.
  • These can range from the freak show to folk drama to tableau and beast-plays.
  • It's not about finding the grossest food in town and airing the ensuing freak show.
  • Yet across the screen there moves in lustrous color a beautifully photographed freak show.
Contemporary definitions for freak show
noun

a sideshow in popular entertainment, featuring grotesquely developed people or animals

noun

any show or event that is in bad taste

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Slang definitions & phrases for freak show

freak show

noun

Any show or event that is in bad taste; also, a person who behaves in a ludicrous, bizarre, or dehumanizing way: Britney, the freak show


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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