Definition of horror show in English:

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horror show

noun

1A film or play intended to entertain by arousing feelings of horror or fear: a big-budget Hollywood horror show
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  • In other words, this new version of The Stepford Wives has been transformed from a geeky horror show into a wacky comedy.
  • Based upon the novel by Harry Harrison, Soylent Green is a little bit detective mystery, a little bit sci-fi freak show, and a little bit horror show.
  • Gregory and nearly everything in his horror show look like flashbacks to early '90s video game graphics.
1.1 informal A situation that is very unpleasant or difficult to deal with: making the new system operational at all will be a bureaucratic horror show
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  • Public opinion, even good public opinion, will never stop a horror show, or solve a problem.
  • At the studio, facing its third owner in 13 years, change has been something of a horror show.
  • The economic horror show was met by a national political nightmare.
1.2 informal A very poor performance: City had to improve after last week’s horror show against Wimbledon
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  • Burnley owe their home fans a sparkling performance this weekend to make up for their horror show at Gillingham.
  • There was not one single sign of the quality Sam Allardyce has assembled in his squad during Saturday's horror show.
  • The angry York City manager ordered his team in for extra training today after last night's horror show at home to Blackpool.

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Syllabification: hor·ror show

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