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command performance

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noun
  1. a performance of a play, opera, ballet, or the like, given at the request of a sovereign or head of state.

Origin of command performance

First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for command performance

command performance

noun
  1. a performance of a play, opera, etc, at the request of a ruler or of royalty
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Idioms and Phrases with command performance

command performance

An occasion that one is obliged to attend, as in My boss's invitations to dinner are always a command performance. This term originally (late 1800s) denoted a theatrical or musical performance presented at the behest of a sovereign or head of state. By the 1930s it was also used figuratively for any more or less obligatory occasion or performance.

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