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puppet show

an entertainment, as a play or musical revue, in which the performers are puppets.
Also called puppet play.
Origin of puppet show
First recorded in 1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And, so dull is it in our service, that I would go to a puppet show far less fine and thank thee for the chance.'

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • On one side of the entrance was a puppet show, on the other a band of musicians, playing "Di tanti palpati."

    The Diary of an Ennuye Anna Brownell Jameson
  • The chief character in a puppet show, hence the puppet show itself.

    Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A band of splendid music was sent for from the city, and large crowds of people called to look at him as if he were a puppet show.

  • The puppet show was old enough to be a complete novelty to the audience of the day.

    Art in England Dutton Cook
  • Next came the puppet show, and then a juggler who played on a curious reed pipe for two green and gold snakes to dance.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • There was a puppet show with Patient Grizzle; and a stand where a monkey danced.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • Yet it is too frequently a panorama or a puppet show, or at the best a marvellously acted but somewhat bloodless drama.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • He also was the manager of a theatrical company and had persuaded Mozart to compose the music to a puppet show for him.

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