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vaudeville

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Definition a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
  • I went to the office and looked up their records and found that most of them had spent their lives playing cheap vaudeville.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • The three hops of the bunny became three struts of a vaudeville vamp.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Several acts of vaudeville tonight for my entertainment.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • 'I also write vaudevilles of all sorts.'
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • National in scope, local in flavor, Bond Tours combined the old-fashioned elements of vaudeville, the county fair, the Fourth of July parade.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Well, do you want to get in a comedy or on the vaudeville or in the chorus?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Whatever she does or says is burnished with an almost vaudevillian touch.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Yet I had to fight him as I could, in terms he understood, even though we sounded like characters in a razor-slinging vaudeville skit.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • He shot a look in my direction, wagging his eyebrows like a villain in vaudeville.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • They came to the brilliantly lighted facade of a big vaudeville house.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • No shoes no socks no underwear no shirt no gloves no hat no necktie no collarbuttons no vest no coat no movies no vaudeville no football not even a shave.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • With a flourish to rival the best of vaudeville performances, he unveiled the gramophone.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Even Raymie lost his simple faith, and tried to show that he could do a vaudeville shuffle.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Jesus, he's a walking vaudeville act!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • But they brought—often from experience in Yiddish theater and vaudeville—a genius for the cultural common denominator that captivated the American public.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • A real comedian he was—this was as much a vaudeville performance as a robbery.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • It sounds like a vaudeville act.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Suffering would be out of place in vaudevilles, for instance; I know that.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Is it an inspiring sight to see a man commit a heroic gesture, and then learn that he goes to vaudeville shows for relaxation?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • We joined the vaudeville circuit and went on stage.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place

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