parade of horribles

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parade of horribles (plural parades of horribles)

  1. A parade featuring a progression of people wearing comic and grotesque costumes.
  2. A rhetorical device employing a series of progressively more terrible results following from an act.
    • 1992, Geoffrey R. Stone, Richard Allen Epstein, Cass R. Sunstein, The Bill of Rights in the Modern State, page 356:
      The majority trotted out a parade of horribles in which judicial line-drawing concerning accommodation would displace legitimate democratic choices.