raree show

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Etymology[edit]

Probably representing a foreign or dialectal pronunciation of rare + show.

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Noun[edit]

raree show (plural raree shows)

  1. A portable puppet show or picture show as used for public entertainment; a peepshow. [from 17th c.]
  2. A public spectacle, especially seen as lurid or vulgar. [from 17th c.]
    • 1925, Ford Madox Ford, No More Parades, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 335:
      Leaning forward she would be, on the seat of the general's illuminated car, glazed in, a regular raree show!