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bench show

a dog show in which the animals of each breed are judged and awarded prizes on the basis of standards established for that breed.
Origin of bench show
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I was one of the official judges at the Chicago bench show in 1892, and wolfhound classes were assigned me.

  • Despite all this, their descendant was a mongrel, and barred by kennel law from any bench show.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • I'm no connoisseur of dogs, and was never made a judge in a bench show in my life.

    Step Lively! George Niblo
  • We like him but Ran says he wouldn't take a prize at a bench show.

    The Four Corners Amy Ella Blanchard
  • Though an aristocrat of the bench show, this good dog had a brain that worked quickly and a heart that knew no fear.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer

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