Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen! Come join us at the funfair and the circus today and improve your English vocabulary.
Funfair and circus vocabulary
At the funfair / amusement park
shooting alley / shooting range
bumper cars / dodgems
carousel / merry-go-round
arcade games / amusement(s) arcade
ferris wheel/big wheel
rollercoaster / loop the loop
hall of mirrors
At the circus
Idiom: A circus (something noisy and confused) – This situation could turn into a media circus.
the big top
Idiom: To walk/tread a tightrope – “Many manufacturers have to walk a tightrope between pricing their goods too high and not selling them, and pricing them low and losing money.”
Idiom: to have a safety net – “The welfare system was set up to provide a safety net for the poor.”
Idiom: to clown around – “Stop clowning around at the back of the class and do some work!”
A clown – a silly, clumsy or unprofessional person.
“Send in the clowns!” –
Traditionally, if a theatre performance went badly wrong, one of the theatre company members would say this and the clowns would enter the stage to take attention away from the failed performance.
bed of nails
Indian rope trick
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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