- a small, separate show in connection with the main show, as of a circus
- something of minor importance; subordinate event
See sideshow in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- A small show offered in addition to the main attraction, as at a circus.
- A diversion or spectacle that is incidental to a larger set of circumstances or a bigger issue of concern: “Administrations with little room to maneuver at home have historically looked for sideshows abroad” (Joan Didion).
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