freak show


Definition of freak show

: an exhibition (such as a sideshow) featuring freaks of nature

Examples of freak show in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bo made another kind of freak show play right here to get in the end zone. Tom Green |, al, "What Gus Malzahn said after Auburn’s 24-10 win against Mississippi State," 13 Dec. 2020 And in this intergalactic reality freak show called 2020, every sick plot twist and non-surprise is met with a swell of online activity. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Memes, TikToks & Tweets Reacting To Trump’s COVID Diagnosis," 2 Oct. 2020 Tired of his normal, boring life, Darren Shan decides to see the Cirque du Freak freak show one night with his best friend Steve. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "51 Best Halloween Movies On Netflix For That Extra Spooky Movie Night," 9 Sep. 2020 Conventions have always been these bizarre combinations of state fair, freak show, and prom. The Atlantic, "Listen: The Comedy and Tragedy of Virtual Live Events," 21 Aug. 2020 Based on a true story, the play is about a Mexican woman with excessive body hair and enlarged facial features who was sold to a freak show. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 30 July 2020 The Wasilla grower is no stranger to the freak show that rolls out every year at the fair’s vegetable competitions. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Some suggest a ‘Not Fair’ to fill replace the cancelled Alaska State Fair," 31 May 2020 Baartaman’s case, her large butt and dark skin made her the object of fascination by Europeans who painted her as a savage and freak show for profit. Mikeisha Vaughn, Essence, "What The Apple Bottoms Reemergence Means For Black Women," 2 Apr. 2020 At the wheel of this desert-racing, quasi-retro freak show is its proud papa, Jim Glickenhaus. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "The Arachnid-Chic Glickenhaus Boot Is like Nothing Else on Earth," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of freak show

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freak show was in 1887

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27 Dec 2020

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“Freak show.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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