freak show

noun

Definition of freak show

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

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Alabama’s freak show of an offense has the potential to be the best in the history of college football. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "What Alabama’s offense needs isn’t on paper," 27 Aug. 2019 Instead, stuntmen and women, motorcycle daredevils, pyrotechnic performers and freak show artists will occupy the stage, a futuristic set enhanced with computer graphics and live-video projections. Lisa Fung, Los Angeles Times, "‘Hobbs & Shaw’ composer Tyler Bates’ surprising next gig: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘R.U.N’," 2 Aug. 2019 Rick and Cliff have a front-row seat to the freak show that twisted the hippie ethos into a call for blood. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant, audacious “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” brings 1969 to vivid life (review)," 24 July 2019 Hellzapoppin', which claims to be the world's largest touring freak show, is coming to Winter Park on Wednesday, June 27, bringing fire, swords and beds of nails. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hellzapoppin' Circus Sideshow aims for Winter Park," 27 June 2018 The premise of freak show, that the fringe operated outside the normal workings of American politics, has decayed over the years. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Donald Trump Is the Most Pure Conservative President Ever," 23 Feb. 2018 The hawker is always full of pompous boasts — lies — and the freak show behind him is sad and disappointing. Anchorage Daily News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, January 28, 2018," 28 Jan. 2018 His era was an unprecedented freak show for the 450-foot home run. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trevor Hoffman built chemistry off field, defeated it from mound," 25 Jan. 2018 Instead, stuntmen and women, motorcycle daredevils, pyrotechnic performers and freak show artists will occupy the stage, a futuristic set enhanced with computer graphics and live-video projections. Lisa Fung, Los Angeles Times, "‘Hobbs & Shaw’ composer Tyler Bates’ surprising next gig: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘R.U.N’," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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