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sideshow

[sahyd-shoh] /ˈsaɪdˌʃoʊ/
noun
1.
a minor show or exhibition in connection with a principal one, as at a circus.
2.
any subordinate event or matter.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for sideshow

sideshow

/ˈsaɪdˌʃəʊ/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for sideshow
n.

also side-show, 1855, "minor exhibition alongside or near a principal one," apparently a coinage of P.T. Barnum's, from side (adj.) + show (n.). Hence, any diversion or distracting event.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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