side show

sideshow

[sahyd-shoh]
noun
1.
a minor show or exhibition in connection with a principal one, as at a circus.
2.
any subordinate event or matter.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism

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sideshow (ˈsaɪdˌʃəʊ)
 
n
1.  a small show or entertainment offered in conjunction with a larger attraction, as at a circus or fair
2.  a subordinate event or incident

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sideshow
1855, apparently a coinage of P.T. Barnum's, from side + show (n.).
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