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1. a theatrical or other entertainment
2. a sporting event consisting of contests in which riders perform different exercises to show their skill and their horses' ability and breeding
3. stop the show Informal (of a stage act, etc.) to receive so much applause as to interrupt the performance



(in Russian, obozrenie), a variety or theater presentation that consists of separate scenes and variety, choreographic, instrumental, and vocal numbers. The elements of a show are united by a common theme.

Shows first appeared in the 1830’s in France under the name of revues and had a topical interest, but at the end of the 19th century the revue was transformed into a simple entertainment vehicle. In the Soviet theater and the theater of socialist countries, such as Poland and Rumania, shows are comic and satiric presentations. They are part of the repertoire of variety theaters, music halls, and theaters of miniature genres, such as the Leningrad Theater of Variety and Miniature Genres.

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The new ITV 1 show, May The Best House Win sees four contestants battle it out for a chance to win pounds 1,000, with each home-owner taking it in turn to show off their house to three other strangers, including their favourite rooms.
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The designers - winners of last November's BDI Industry and Genius Awards - are showing off their wares at the interiors trade fair at the NEC in a bid to show off the best of what the West Midlands has to offer in design, innovation and production.
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The bubble skirt Layer one over a cute pair of tights or some cool leggings to show off your legs without showing too much skin.
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Posh, 30, took the oppurtunity to show off the gem when she made her first public appearance since the birth of third son Cruz five weeks ago.
The high street store hired sexy models Fiona Kidd and Emma Gray to show off the new bra yesterday, as it went on sale in its lingerie department.
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