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Wild West show

noun
1.
an entertainment, often as part of a circus, representing scenes and events from the early history of the western U.S. and displaying feats of marksmanship, horseback riding, rope twirling, and the like.
Origin of Wild West show
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • Those I saw in the Wild West show looked as if they'd had to study it a long time.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • Neither of us had ever seen an Indian outside of a Wild West show.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Certainly the "Wild West show" is most original and entertaining.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • We'll just make Siwash into a Wild West show for his benefit.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • We might illustrate by the "Wild West show" in which the onlooking boy imagines himself an active participant.

  • Every Sunday the President of the Fair sent for me to go to a Wild West show.

  • These feathers they put around their heads, and down their backs, as the Indians in the Wild West show did.

    Bully and Bawly No-Tail Howard R. Garis
  • In general appearance it was quite similar to the vehicle exhibited in the Wild West show of Buffalo Bill.

    Life Gleanings T. J. Macon
  • He said pa was authorized to spare no expense to round up a Wild West show second to none.

  • It was a good shot, but one that the proprietor of the Wild West show did not approve of!

British Dictionary definitions for Wild West show

Wild West show

noun
1.
(US) a show or circus act presenting feats of horsemanship, shooting, etc
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