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side·show

 (sīd′shō′)
n.
1. A small show offered in addition to the main attraction, as at a circus.
2. A diversion or spectacle that is incidental to a larger set of circumstances or a bigger issue of concern.

sideshow

(ˈsaɪdˌʃəʊ)
n
1. (Theatre) a small show or entertainment offered in conjunction with a larger attraction, as at a circus or fair
2. a subordinate event or incident

side•show

(ˈsaɪdˌʃoʊ)

n.
1. a minor show or exhibition in connection with a principal one, as at a circus.
2. any subordinate event or spectacle.
[1840–50, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sideshow - a subordinate incident of little importance relative to the main event; "instruction is not an educational sideshow"
incident - a single distinct event
2.sideshow - a minor show that is part of a larger one (as at the circus)
show - the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining; "a remarkable show of skill"
Translations

sideshow

[ˈsaɪdʃəʊ] N (at fair) → atracción f secundaria

sideshow

[ˈsaɪdˌʃəʊ] n (at fair) → attrazione f
References in classic literature ?
He scoffed at them as adventures, mountebanks, sideshow riffraff, dime museum freaks; he assailed their showy titles with measureless derision; he said they were back-alley barbers disguised as nobilities, peanut peddlers masquerading as gentlemen, organ-grinders bereft of their brother monkey.
A NUMBER of sideshows have been organised to entertain spectators at this year's Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
Wolfit's line from "Lawrence of Arabia" can be taken together with Lipton's memo to illustrate what, in my view, has been the underlying theme in corporate governance for at least the last 20 years--though to some extent it has been obscured by a long progression of sideshows and sideshows of sideshows.
I would love anyone from or who visited Rhyl and remembered the original Butterfly Girl attraction - or any of the other Gresham sideshows for that matter - to get in touch with me with any memories or photos they have.
Last week, Thor announced rides, sideshows and four tents dedicated to a festival market place.
THE Lamplight Arts Centre, in Stanley, is inviting Culture Club members to delve into the bizarre world of a notorious tap-dancing vicar and his disastrous carnival sideshows.
Philip Booth (left) and Malcolm Parkinson on one of the sideshows
4) The voyeuristic gaze, the audience, and the exaggeration of otherness reinforce the relationship between films and carnivals, sites of entertainment traditionally marketed as educational venues: "The social origins of the cinema were schizophrenic, traceable both to the 'high' culture of science and literature and to the 'low' culture of sideshows and nickelodeons" (Shohat and Stare 105).
There will be stalls, sideshows and refreshments, a fun dog show with a variety of classes, a parade of rescue dogs and tours of the centre.
He learned to swallow swords and eat fire, and performed at Hubert's Museum and Flea Circus in New York City in the 1940s before becoming a ``talker,'' one of the glib pitchmen who lured passers-by into Coney Island sideshows.
A century ago, people flocked to sideshows to ogle at oddities like two-headed snakes and bearded ladies.
Sideshows are nothing if not lessons in great marketing and teamwork.