What does sideshow mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sideshownoun

    a subordinate incident of little importance relative to the main event

    "instruction is not an educational sideshow"

  2. sideshownoun

    a minor show that is part of a larger one (as at the circus)


  1. sideshownoun

    A minor attraction at a circus or fair.

  2. sideshownoun

    An incidental spectacle that diverts attention from a larger concern.

  3. sideshownoun

    An event where a large group of people display automotive stunts.

  4. sideshownoun

    An additional concert not part of the programme of a major music festival.


  1. Sideshow

    In America, a sideshow is an extra, secondary production associated with a circus, carnival, fair or other such attraction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sideshow in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sideshow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sideshow in a Sentence

  1. Rich Noyes:

    It seems high and mighty of the Huffington Post to decide who is and who isn't a real candidate when Donald Trump is leading in the Republican polls right now, they wouldn't have taken kindly if the rest of the media had treated Arianna Huffington's run for governor of California as a sideshow. I would say it's up to the voters to decide who is a real candidate and who is not.

  2. Steven Sotloff:

    The foreign fighter thing is a sideshow in this conflict... but at the end of the day it really isn't a long-term solution or particularly important part, the guys that SOLI are training are the most highly capable, intelligent, motivated fighters that we've had -- they request that we get up early to do physical training.

  3. Gavin Newsom:

    James Gallagher knows that James Gallagher’s in trouble, and James Gallagher’s using this as a sideshow distraction to introduce another gun law, so hopefully people will not see and pay attention to James Gallagher terrible record on their quality of life, the governor needs to focus his efforts on things that will lower the cost of living for Californians, actually solve homelessness, instead of one-off gestures that are n’t going to do anything to stop gun violence.

  4. Geoff Bunn:

    Art is about painting. All the rest is just a sideshow

  5. Fox News:

    Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo, the Pueblo fell through the cracks of history because it became a sideshow to everything that happened.

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