they worked the carny circuit as showies

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jacdac

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Lebanese
What does the slang term showies mean ?

All the team leaders were long-time Joyland employees who worked the carny circuit as showies in the off-season.

Source : Joyland by Stephen King.

Context background in my own words : This scene is taking place at an amusement ( carnival) park. The is the opening day of the summer season. They are a lot of new hires and some old timers. The old timers had worked the carny circuit as showies in the off season.

Thank you.
 
  • jacdac

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    Lebanese
    Awesome. Thank you. This Carno List is going to be a handy lingo accompaniment for my reading of this novel at a carnival.
     
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