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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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Wayne Routledge did what he could and Andre Ayew showed willing but only showed his teeth when super-sub Modou Barrow gave some attacking impetus and showed United were there to be tested.
President Juan Manuel Santos has said he wants a peace accord signed by March 23 and has showed willing to call a bilateral ceasefire as soon as this year.
England ran, showed willing but could not hold onto the ball long enough to do anything with it.
8 HAL ROBSON-KANU Asked to play the lone striker role and while he showed willing, didn't do enough with the longer balls or truly trouble defence.