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Borrowed from Latin circus.


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Zirkus m (genitive Zirkus or Zirkusses, plural Zirkusse)

  1. (historical) circus (arena in Antiquity)
  2. circus (kind of entertainment show)
  3. (colloquial) exaggerated and annoying ado; airs; fuss, e.g. of a child, at an event, etc.; dog and pony show
    Mach keinen Zirkus und setz dich hin!
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  4. (colloquial, by extension) something complicated and annoying; rigmarole; chore
    Das ist immer ein Zirkus, hier langzufahren, wenn Schalke spielt.
    It’s always a rigmarole driving around here when Schalke are playing.

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  • The genitive des Zirkusses is very rare.


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