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key to the midway


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  • n. A fictional item, the subject of a fool's errand.
  • n. A Ferris wheel or carousel, due to their central location.


Carny slang, from the custom of sending a rube on a quest for the (non-existent) “key to the midway”. (Wiktionary)


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