the largest or main tent of a circus.
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Origin of big top
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
Words nearby big top
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British Dictionary definitions for big top
the main tent of a circus
the circus itself
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Idioms and Phrases with big top
The main tent of a circus, as in The high-wire act is almost always in the big top. [c. 1840]
Underworld slang for a maximum-security prison, as in He was sentenced to ten years in the big top. [1950s]
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