horror show


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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First Known Use of horror show

circa 1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Horror show.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horror%20show. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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