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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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 The city is turning into a Brechtian horror show where young men wearing Airpods and backpacks emblazoned with the names of gig-economy apps weave e-scooters among people passed out in their own filth. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 The grainy YouTube videos of old-time serpent handlers look like horror shows. Julia Duin, WSJ, "Christian Serpent-Handlers Protect Us All," 12 July 2018 Dark The awesome sci-fi horror show everyone slept on is still streaming on Netflix, and just got a second season ordered. Tom Philip, GQ, "The Best Things to Stream on Netflix This July 4," 3 July 2018 Over the last several months, and throughout the campaign, the GTTF horror show unfolded with the sordid details of cop corruption, and some of the cops involved in the robbery and fraud schemes were sentenced just this month. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Amid epic police corruption, Mosby eludes blame for surge in violence," 27 June 2018 Not every movie that makes Oregon look less like a postcard and more like a horror show qualifies as a classic. Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Kinky Madonna and sparkly vampires: 20 movies that make Oregon look creepy," 14 May 2018 The Reds will also be on the hunt for a new goalkeeper following Loris Karius' horror show in the Champions League final, but the Echo claim an approach for Roma's Alisson Becker is yet to be made. SI.com, "Liverpool Set to Move for Third Transfer Target Even if Lyon Attacker Joins in £60m Deal," 29 May 2018

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circa 1959, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of horror show

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

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