a tightrope walker.
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The humble clown car has been having a resurgence of late. Not the actual vehicle (the overstuffed car which spills out a seemingly improbable number of red-nosed and bewigged jesters), but the phrase. The reason for this has much to do with the crowded slate of candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination; there are over a dozen declared candidates who are household names, and …
Origin of funambulist
1785–95; < Latin fūnambul(us) ropedancer + -ist
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a tightrope walker
Word Origin for funambulist
C18: from Latin fūnambulus rope dancer, from fūnis rope + ambulāre to walk
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"rope-walker," 1793, coined from Latin funis "rope" + ambulare "to walk" (see amble (v.)).
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