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At the circus, amusement park or fairground

big dipper

noun

a large structure like a small railway with many sharp turns and steep hills that you ride on for fun and excitement at a funfair

big top

noun

a large tent in which a circus is performed

big wheel

noun

a machine at a fair or park in the shape of a large wheel with seats on the edge, that takes people round and round in the air. The American word is Ferris wheel.

bumper car

noun

a dodgem car

carousel

noun

a roundabout1 2

clown

noun

a performer in a circus who wears funny clothes and makes people laugh by doing silly things

coaster

noun

a roller coaster

coconut shy

noun

a place where people throw balls at coconuts on posts, usually at a fair

custard pie

noun

a pie that clowns throw at one another as a joke

dodgem

noun

a small electric car at a funfair, that you drive and use for deliberately hitting other cars

the dodgems

noun

a form of entertainment at a funfair in which you drive a dodgem

ferris wheel

noun

a big wheel at a fairground

flume

noun

a tube or a smooth narrow open surface that people slide down in an amusement park or swimming pool

ghost train

noun

a small train in an amusement park that takes you through a dark building where objects suddenly appear to frighten you

helter-skelter

noun

a large structure at a fairground consisting of a tower with a slide going round the outside

high wire

noun

a long rope stretched tightly high above the ground that a performer in a circus balances on

hoop

noun

a large ring used in a circus for animals to jump through

merry-go-round

noun

a machine with models of animals or vehicles that children ride on as it goes round in a circle

ride

noun

a machine at an amusement park (=a place outside where there are games and other activities) that people ride in for fun

ride

noun

a period of time that you spend on a machine at an amusement park

ring

noun

an area surrounded by seats at a circus

ringmaster

noun

someone who introduces the performers at a circus

ringside

noun

the area around the place where people perform in a circus or fight in a boxing or wrestling match

roller coaster

noun

a structure like a tall railway with steep slopes at an amusement park, that you have fast rides on for fun

safety net

noun

a net that is under something to catch people if they fall

sideshow

noun

an additional smaller entertainment at a fair, circus etc

switchback

noun

a roller coaster 1

tightrope

noun

a piece of rope or wire high above the ground that a performer walks along in a circus. Someone who walks on a tightrope is called a tightrope walker.

trapeze

noun

a short bar that hangs on two ropes from a high ceiling, used by performers in a circus

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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