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.
Recent Examples on the Web But rehearsing for the show has been anything but a horror show. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 Romain Duris plays a filmmaker hired to do a live one-take 30-minute horror show and chaos reigns when many things go awry, from camera mishaps to an undead extra's bout with diarrhea. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2023 What was really experienced in real life is a horror show. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 After a horror show of a 2021 season, last year's rebound made the Longhorns the preseason conference favorite ahead of Kansas State, rival Oklahoma and defending national runner-up TCU. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 After the Sunday hockey horror show, folks filled the Garden assuming the Celtics would make the world right again. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2023 But after the mysterious presence begins talking to him, Peter acts out violently and starts to think his mom and dad are hiding something in this effective family horror show. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2023 Also joining the horror show are returning franchise stars Hayden Panettiere as Kirby Reed and Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Dec. 2022 The college admissions process continues to be a never-ending horror show. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of horror show was circa 1959

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“Horror show.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horror%20show. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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