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noun as in fair with entertainment

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Gaga personalized the anthem but still sang it simply, without a circus of musical tricks.

Walsh first covered the country for the Guardian and later for the New York Times, reporting on what he describes as its “multi-ringed circus of violence.”

Next, as some attacked Lewis and Christiansen for undemocratic art removal, others lauded them for taking decisive action to shut down a circus.

Almost literally a sideshow, as in a circus, where the center ring is occupied by the main event and the rings off to the side are populated by the lesser acts.

By 2017, the effort to create an experimental underwater vortex circus had paid off with proof of what happens to helicity in the real world.

It helps that the circus is like a family—only one that can choose its members.

The circus is now performing 18 shows around the world, with eight performances in Las Vegas alone each night.

In 1870, the very Germanically-named August Ruengling fixed a harness for a circus rider and obtained free passes for his family.

Circus parades often became as large a sight as the performance itself; one Barnum and Bailey parade stretched for three miles.

The modern era of the circus is inseparable from several names you may have encountered.

There were five men and three women in the circus troupe, and among the four nuns was the grave reverend mother of a convent.

The comical little pig and the merry monkey hid under the bush and ate acorns as they watched the circus procession go past.

She wouldn't hear tell o' my working half the day, though I could well's not, 'cause the circus don't take in till two o'clock.

Home it is where we'll eat that nice lunch o' Mrs. Calvert's, 'cause I haven't got a cent left to buy them circus tickets.

His white tail curves beautifully like the plumes on the hats of the circus ladies.


On this page you'll find 23 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to circus, such as: festival, spectacle, bazaar, hippodrome, show, and big top.

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