freak show


Definition of freak show

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

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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,, "Hellzapoppin' Circus Sideshow aims for Winter Park," 27 June 2018 As Huang reveals, the twins were much more than a freak show spectacle — strivers, showmen and slaveholders who settled in rural North Carolina, country squires who loved to hunt and fish. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Inseparable,’ by Yunte Huang," 10 May 2018 Pick your poison—a cult, a coven, a murder house, a freak show? Lauren Chval, RedEye Chicago, "What to watch if you’d rather stay in on Halloween," 30 Oct. 2017 The artist now is trying to recapture his experiences as a boy in Long Beach, Calif., when circuses and freak shows came to town. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Wayne Thiebaud, Famed for the Art of Sweets, Has Portrayed Far More," 26 Apr. 2018 His era was an unprecedented freak show for the 450-foot home run. Tom Krasovic,, "Trevor Hoffman built chemistry off field, defeated it from mound," 25 Jan. 2018 Now, the Phantom runs a circus-like freak show on New York’s Coney Island. Pam Kragen,, "'Love Never Dies' looks great, but less filling," 29 Mar. 2018 Around a corner, a visitor comes face-to-face with artifacts from a freak show that was part of the Sells-Floto Circus a century ago. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "The fun may be about to end for Playland-Not-at-the-Beach," 23 Mar. 2018 The thrill never dies Finding actors who could sing opera tinged with rock and fill out a freak show was an especially fun nightmare. Andrea Simakis,, "Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Love Never Dies': For conductors, pleasing the composer is a labor of love," 7 Jan. 2018

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freak show was in 1887

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