- n. A traditional sideshow often found at seaside resorts, consisting of various glove puppets operated by one man in a small tent style booth theatre.
- n. attributive A two sided ideological battle, or contradictory arguing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a puppet show in which a comical little hunchbacked Punch, with a large nose, engages in altercation with his wife Judy.
“The carving above the Judge’s chair, where the great sword hangs, is not an old carving, and the light oak of the contraption so like a Punch and Judy show, which is the witness-box, is not worn by the nervous hands of a thousand testators but retains some of the varnished brightness of the cabinet-maker’s shop.”
“The circus people backed the caravans and the animals’ cages into position around the marquee in Mr. Taylor’s field, and, late in the afternoon, set up the little booth — much like a Punch and Judy stage — at which people paid their money to see the show.”
“The Eucles occupied the artist during the remainder of 1828, and early in 1829 he began a new Hogarthian subject, a Punch and Judy show.”
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