big top
noun Date: 1763 1. the main tent of a circus 2. circus 2a, b, c

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  • big top — n the very large tent in which a ↑circus performance takes place …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • big top — noun count a large tent in which a CIRCUS is performed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • big top — big′ top n. 1) the main tent of a circus 2) a circus • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • big top — ► NOUN ▪ the main tent in a circus …   English terms dictionary

  • big top — ☆ big top Informal n. 1. the main tent of a circus 2. the life or work of circus performers …   English World dictionary

  • big top — noun a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent they had the big top up in less than an hour • Syn: ↑circus tent, ↑round top, ↑top • Hypernyms: ↑canvas tent, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • big top — 1. n. a circus tent; the circus, in general. □ The best acts take place under the big top. □ And now, one of the greatest acts under the big top. 2. mod. having to do with the circus. □ Big top life doesn’t appeal to me at all …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • big top — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms big top : singular big top plural big tops a large tent in which a circus is performed …   English dictionary

  • big top — {n.} The main tent under which a circus gives its show; the circus and circus life. * /Lillian Leitzel was one of the great stars of the big top./ * /The book tells of life under the big top./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • big top — {n.} The main tent under which a circus gives its show; the circus and circus life. * /Lillian Leitzel was one of the great stars of the big top./ * /The book tells of life under the big top./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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