horror show

noun

Definition of horror show

: something difficult to deal with or watch the trial was a horror show

Examples of horror show in a Sentence

The trial has been a horror show.

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Every winter my hands end up looking like a cracked, bleeding, dry, flaky horror show. Molly Nover-baker, SELF, "11 Treatments That Will Soothe Super Dry Hands This Winter," 26 Dec. 2018 The Trump administration’s immigration record is currently defined by a pair of policies that were horror shows in implementation: the travel ban and family separation. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions’s carefully built deportation machine will outlast him," 8 Nov. 2018 Perhaps the horror show could tackle the utterly terrifying emotion known as love. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Broke Kiernan Shipka's Heart — and She's OK With That," 12 Nov. 2018 Syfy will screen the first episode of its upcoming space horror show Nightflyers later today at New York Comic Con. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "You’ll be able to binge all of Syfy’s Nightflyers starting on December 2nd," 5 Oct. 2018 Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has made the strong suggestion that Loris Karius will never play for the Reds again following his complete horror show in Saturday night's Champions League final against Real Madrid. SI.com, "'Can't See Him Playing': MOTD Pundit Claims Liverpool Star May Never Play for the Club Again," 28 May 2018 As in his recent Mr. Mercedes trilogy, King continues to walk the line between police procedural and complete horror show. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including Stephen King's 'The Outsider'," 26 May 2018 The Hunger, Alma Katsu’s new novel (Putnam, 373 pp., ★★★½ out of four), assumes some familiarity with this Oregon Trail horror show. Steph Cha, USA TODAY, "'The Hunger' relives horrors of Donner Party cannibalism, with supernatural twist," 6 Mar. 2018 Hanging out with Johnny Depp sounds like either a horror show or absolutely amazing, depending on your tolerance for – well, for anything and everything: drugs, wine, hubris and self-delusion. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Johnny Depp's interview with Rolling Stone is outrageous, depressing," 22 June 2018

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circa 1959, in the meaning defined above

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horror show

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horror show

informal : something that is difficult to deal with or watch because it is so bad, unpleasant, etc.

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