the only show in town

the only show in town

The most, or only, significant or important thing. Despite the growing prevalence of online shopping, it's still not the only show in town, as many consumers say they still prefer going to brick-and-mortar stores when making purchases. Many are complaining that, because the ticket seller is the only show in town, it is allowed to add exorbitant and often dubious service charges onto already expensive ticket prices.
See also: show, town

the only show in town

the only or most significant thing.
1998 New Scientist This should scupper the laser idea, and yet, with no other explanations on offer, it's the only show in town.
See also: show, town
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