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show business

the entertainment industry, as theater, motion pictures, television, radio, carnival, and circus.
Origin of show business
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the show-business a bull is a bull, whether it's a lady-bull or a gentleman-bull.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • For the next week the "show-business" was relegated to the background.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for show-business

show business

the entertainment industry, including theatre, films, television, and radio Informal term show biz
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for show-business

show biz

noun phrase

The entertainment industry; show business (1940s+)

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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