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[shoh-muh n-ship] /ˈʃoʊ mənˌʃɪp/
the skill or ability of a showman.
Origin of showmanship
1855-60; showman + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Menus now are less formal and more fresh, less about showmanship and more about substance.
  • But it also requires a taste for face-to-face confrontation, and a sense of showmanship.
  • Brock and the band also seemed flat-out disdainful of anything that smacked of rock showmanship.
  • It was founded on the idea of psychological processes in relation to humor--not on the latest in gastronomic showmanship.
  • After all, gayness was synonymous with tragedy and showmanship.
  • showmanship plays a big part in achieving that objective.
  • He practises with an enthusiasm that is matched only by his showmanship.
  • Idiocy and showmanship masquerading as real science.
  • It's an honest sign of his quality, for weaker males simply can't keep up the vigorous showmanship for long.
  • At intermediate levels, ballroom dancers are judged on their showmanship and flair.
Word Origin and History for showmanship

1859, from showman "one who presents shows" + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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