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
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