big top


Definition of big top

1 : the main tent of a circus

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Worse, Gilead’s big top line means that developing new drugs big enough to meaningfully boost sales has gotten tougher. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Gilead Looks Outside to Revive Growth," 10 Dec. 2018 As Lauren Young reported for last year, Milner has launched a three-year project to digitize more than 300 historic circus route books, which recorded performance details and personal anecdotes about life beneath the big top. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "250,000 Circus Items Donated to Illinois State University," 8 Jan. 2018 So, how can young people now dream of running away to a life under the big top? CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (June 17)," 14 June 2018 Jeremy Scott cemented his reputation as fashion’s clown prince Friday night with the presentation of Moschino’s men’s spring and summer 2019 and women’s resort 2019 collections under a big top tent at the L.A. Equestrian Center in Burbank. Adam Tschorn,, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 The Great Mystical Circus (O Grande Circo Mistico) spans five generations of a family of circus owners, tracing them from heyday to mayday, when the big top is in shreds and the last owner is reduced to prostituting her daughters. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Mystical Circus' ('O Grande Circo Mistico'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 Attendees get to taste and learn about brews under a big top tent in a vintage downtown setting, complete with cobblestone streets, one-lane bridges and quaint buildings. Grace Wong,, "Indulge in an all-you-can-eat crawfish dinner, plus attend a food industry career summit for women," 26 Apr. 2018 Forty-four of the hotel’s rooms will be larger suites, with the biggest topping out at around 1,200 square feet. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Exclusive first look: Inching closer to launch, TWA Hotel unveils room design," 16 Apr. 2018 Big Apple Circus is bringing the big top to Assembly Row for its 40th season, kicking off a monthlong run this weekend., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of big top

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of big top

: a large circus tent

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