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sideshow

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noun side·show \-ˌshō\

Simple Definition of sideshow

  • : a smaller show that is performed in addition to a main show

  • : an activity or event that is less important than the main activity or event

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sideshow

  1. 1 :  a minor show offered in addition to a main exhibition (as of a circus)

  2. 2 :  an incidental diversion or spectacle

Examples of sideshow in a sentence

  1. Their disagreement is just a political sideshow when compared to the real issues at hand.



1846

First Known Use of sideshow

1846


SIDESHOW Defined for Kids

sideshow

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noun side·show \ˈsīd-ˌshō\

Definition of sideshow for Students

  1. :  a small show off to the side of a main show or exhibition (as of a circus)





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