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


  1. sideshow

    A sideshow is a subordinate event or spectacle, typically accompanying a larger one such as a circus or fair. It often features unusual, exotic or extraordinary displays or performances designed to attract attention and entertain the audience. This term can also refer metaphorically to anything that serves as a secondary or lesser distraction or spectacle.


  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. Marco Rubio:

    These kinds of theatrics by Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are an entertaining sideshow, but they have nothing to do with defeating Hillary Clinton, i'm going to stay focused on uniting the Republican party so we can defeat Hillary Clinton and turn the page on eight years of liberal failure. We don't have time for these kinds of distractions.

  2. Charles Krauthammer:

    This is a woman, this is a candidate who is going to be the nominee. We all know it, for all of the Bernie momentum stuff. That’s a sideshow. But you have to go through 15, 16 months of a ritual of actually campaigning, there is no campaign. There is not going to be a debate. There isn’t a challenge. So she is stuck for these 15 or so months pretending to be a candidate and what you get are pretend events.

  3. David Axelrod:

    The media began by covering Trump as a sideshow, then grew more aggressive in challenging him on his 'facts', and now is more actively commenting on the character of his campaign.

  4. Mark Penn:

    Most voters see the Jan 6th committee as a political sideshow, the committee obviously wants to put Trump front and center as much as they can and create discussion about Jan. 6 instead of inflation, immigration and crime.

  5. Al Sharpton:

    I thought my coming might give a sense of unity in the city ; that we can disagree on cases and on policies but that we are united that the senseless and ruthless killing of officers like your son must be denounced, it is clear though after reading several articles that some union leaders and some others want to turn Al Sharpton and Al Sharpton pastor’s noble efforts into some kind of confrontation or sideshow.

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