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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With Laurent Koscielny being well past it, Mustafi being an error-prone horror show at the back, and the impressive Rob Holding suffering a long term injury, the Gunners are in desperate need of a partner to play alongside Sokratis. SI.com, "6 Positions Arsenal Must Strengthen to Get Back Into the Top 4 Next Season," 1 July 2019 But for the most part, his belligerence and incoherence was treated as a point of fact, rather than an unprecedented horror show. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "This debate is taking place on Earth 2.," 27 June 2019 What in its first few seconds acts almost like a comedy of manners very swiftly becomes a horror show. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ’Conduct of Life’ a harrowing psycho thriller at Yale Summer Cabaret," 25 June 2019 But last week the company unwittingly gave users a front-row seat to a live horror show in an intimate place of worship. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Facebook Live Has Got to Go," 19 Mar. 2019 On one trip turned horror show, I was caught off guard yet again and had to spend a 10-hour transatlantic flight with toilet paper balled up in my underwear, afraid to get up and walk around in case my flow decided to truly burst forth. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Why Does It Seem Like I Always Get My Period While Traveling?," 8 Apr. 2019 Australian law enforcement now alleges the circus school was not a venue for big top entertainment but a horror show. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "Australian circus school tied to sex abuse and 'blood rituals,' police say," 12 Feb. 2018 Earnings season probably won’t be the horror show that investors fear. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Expect Pre-Earnings Frowns to Turn Upside Down," 2 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of horror show

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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