freak show


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

Examples of freak show in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of freak show was in 1887

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“Freak show.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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