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big top

1. noun A large tent at a circus under which the main attractions are featured. Used figuratively to refer to the location where a primary or major event, show, or attraction is held, often in the phrase "under the big top." The headline bands are performing under the big top at the music festival this weekend.
2. adjective (often hyphenated) Featured as the primary or major event, attraction, show, etc. The big-top match in boxing this weekend will be the fight between the reigning champion and the underdog newcomer.
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big top

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

1. n. a circus tent; the circus, in general. And now, one of the greatest acts under the big top.
2. mod. having to do with the circus. One big top experience is enough to last me a lifetime.
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The most important thing, I think, is that we can reach cities we wouldn't normally go to in a big top just because to set up a big top and stay for six to eight weeks and have an audience, you need a certain number of people in the town.
It comes at a time when lots of people are tuning into reality shows, so Big Top gives maybe the older generation a time to look back at what made people laugh a few years ago and that's a sizeable audience.
In the past we have performed in partnership with the Centre by putting up the big top on Roald Dahl Plass, but last year we wanted something different.
Mr Cole said: "Everyone still asks me about the Big Top every year.
A circus spokesman said: "Crowds will be able to see the Whirlwind Rubsovsm troupe who acrobatically catapult themselves high into the big top at breakneck speed.
The big top performances, which run until May 30, see the duo joined by dancers, balancing impresario Sasha Williams, chair juggler T J Roberts and even an all-clown rock band called Clownforce.
First prize is a beautiful model Musical Box Big Top, a valuable collectors' item worth more than pounds 100 plus a VIP family ticket (two adults and two children) to see a performance of Zippos Circus ringside.
Big Top, which starred Holden as a ring mistress, launched on BBC 1 with 3.
Ond i ddifyrru'r torfeydd sy'n anesmwytho cafwyd ambell sioe driciau, gan newid iaith y perfformiad bob yn ail wythnos, ac yna'r hen dric o jyglo amseriad dechrau gemau'r bl-gron (rhag amharu ar weithgareddau'r Big Top, ma siwer).
Before the Big Top went up, Liverpool people had to travel to Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield or other cities to see stars of that calibre.
The Big Top office employs a total of 23 people who will either transfer to other parts of the Post Office or opt for early retirement.
SHOCKED families watched in horror as a trapeze artist plunged to her death in the Big Top.
Entertainment Treat From Hispanic World's New Big Top Phenomenon, 'Circo Fantastico' WHO: Ronald McDonald and star performers from the Hispanic world's latest $5 million entertainment spectacular, "CIRCO FANTASTICO," now appearing under a giant new theatrical big top at Whittier Park Narrows .
This month, the Circus Sarasota's Big Top rises from the dust of the Sarasota County Fairgrounds in its winter season show "2001: A Circus Odyssey.
Y STORM, an ambitious Welsh language translation of Shakespeare's The Tempest will be staged in a Big Top on the Faenol Estate outside Bangor.