big top

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From big + top.


big top (plural big tops)

  1. A circus tent, especially the largest in a given circus, where the central attractions take place.
    As a trapeze performer, she generally worked in the big top, but due to her injury, she was stuck working concessions.
  2. (by extension) A large tent of the style used for circusses.
  3. (by extension) The circus; the circus lifestyle.
    He had been a big top performer in his youth, but in a twist of fate he had run away to become an investment banker.