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Punch-and-Judy show

[puhnch-uh n-joo-dee] /ˈpʌntʃ ənˈdʒu di/
noun
1.
a puppet show having a conventional plot consisting chiefly of slapstick humor and the tragicomic misadventures of the grotesque, hook-nosed, humpback buffoon Punch and his wife Judy.
Origin of Punch-and-Judy show
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • The lady, as it happened, had seen them at the fair, and had wondered then to see them in company with a Punch-and-Judy show.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • A Punch-and-Judy show in the corner evokes shouts of laughter.

  • The Punch-and-Judy show grew tiresome, but the company seemed better than none.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • After much inquiry he had discovered they had been seen with a Punch-and-Judy show and now he was trying to find the showmen.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Altogether the scene was more like a Punch-and-Judy show, than any part of the serious business of life.

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field

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