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picture show

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noun Older Use.
  1. motion picture.
  2. a motion-picture theater.

Origin of picture show

1865–70, in sense “exhibition of pictures”; 1910–15 for current senses
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Examples from the Web for picture show

Historical Examples

  • The fact is, I have got a job to do in the provinces, which will prevent me from having my picture-show at the usual time.

    Hide and Seek

    Wilkie Collins

  • We went to a picture-show at Sligo, that night, and I have never seen a livelier audience.

    The Charm of Ireland</p>

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • And naturally Ursula never in her life looked higher than the first line at a picture-show.

  • Laura stood across the street waiting for the people to come out from the picture-show.

  • It's the retirin' kind that like to sit at home in their carpet slippers instead of goin' to a picture-show.


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