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circus

noun [C]  us   /ˈsɜr·kəs/
a group of traveling entertainers including acrobats , clowns , and trained animals, or a performance by such a group, often in a tent: He quit school in the eighth grade to join the circus. We saw the circus set up in a tent in the middle of the city. A circus is also something noisy and confused: The media circus covering the trial took over the courthouse steps.
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