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freak show

a display of people or animals with unusual or grotesque physical features, as at a circus or carnival sideshow.
any ludicrous, bizarre, or dehumanizing occasion, function, performance, etc.; grotesque, circuslike event:
endless interviews and auditions that became a ridiculous freak show.
Origin of freak show
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I admit I shouldn't have a look in with him if we were both candidates for a freak show," he conceded.

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
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any show or event that is in bad taste's 21st Century Lexicon
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freak show


Any show or event that is in bad taste; also, a person who behaves in a ludicrous, bizarre, or dehumanizing way: Britney, the freak show

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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