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Big top

the largest or main tent of a circus.
a circus.
Contemporary Examples

My Brush With the King of Pop Gideon Yago June 25, 2009

Historical Examples

David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
Anything Once Douglas Grant
The Ranger Boys Outwit the Timber Thieves Claude A. Labelle
The Ranger Boys Outwit the Timber Thieves Claude A. Labelle
Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
Music-Study in Germany Amy Fay
Polly of the Circus Margaret Mayo
The Clue of the Twisted Candle Edgar Wallace
David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney

noun (informal)
the main tent of a circus
the circus itself
The main tent of a circus, as in The high-wire act is almost always in the big top. [ c. 1840 ]
Underworld slang for a maximum-security prison, as in He was sentenced to ten years in the big top. [ 1950s ]


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