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    A sort of sideshow

    Dear Teachers

    In the following sentence, when saying eurzone and the UK could become a sort of sideshow, what does it actually mean? Does is mean they will become a laughing stock, or something unsignificant? Please advise.

    However, there is a risk to regions such as the eurozone and the UK: if they fail to repair their financially broken sectors their economies could become a sort of "sideshow", cut off from the global upswing in much the same way as happened in Japan in the past two decades.


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    Re: A sort of sideshow

    Something like "insignificant." Not a part of the "main event" which would be the global economy's upswing.

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    Re: A sort of sideshow

    Think of a funfair or theme park. There are a few major rides (Dodgems, Big Dipper/Roller-Coaster, and so on) and there are sideshows (shooting galleries and so on, where you might win a cigar (hence the expression 'close but no cigar'). People don't go there for the sideshows; they're not very important.

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