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an entertainment with sensational or horrifying dramatic intent; also called Grand Guignol

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French 'punch'; Grand Guignol 'Great Punch' was Paris theater's 21st Century Lexicon
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  • guignol met them at the door and took the materials from Luis, then ushered Sammy in.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • And while she watched the guignol, her playing was always splendid.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • Where there is no guignol, there is a swing, or there are donkeys to ride or goat carts.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • Give us that, and your properties may be no more elaborate than those of a guignol in the Champs-Elyses.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays Richard Le Gallienne
  • There is another battle, and guignol vanquishes the alligator.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • She handed it silently to Sammy, who held it for a moment, then reluctantly passed it to guignol.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • There was "The Mattress," the story in which guignol has a dream right up on the tiny stage.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • They resembled the bizarre and evil figures of the guignol that used to haunt my dreams in childhood.

  • guignol brought the meeting to order and the rest of the committee stopped chatting and checking email and looked expectant.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • When school was over, Jeanne found a group of children in bright-colored clothes, watching the guignol.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis

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