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concert pitch

noun
1.
Music. a standard of pitch used for tuning orchestral instruments, usually established at 440 vibrations per second for A above middle C.
2.
a state of heightened eagerness, readiness, or tension:
Spring training had brought the athletes up to concert pitch for the beginning of the season.
Origin of concert pitch
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70
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  • Inwardly now the turmoil of her emotions rose to concert pitch.

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Maximilian Foster
  • All orchestral instruments are supposed to be tuned to concert pitch.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • It is desirable, then, that all pianos used with orchestra should be tuned to concert pitch if possible.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • He was keyed up to concert pitch, and there was never a moment in the long day when he was not fighting for moments.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • His raiment was still at concert pitch, but his face even darker than it had been as the crime doctor saw it last.

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
  • The papers took up the tale and repeated it until the whole capital was keyed up to concert pitch.

    The Ways of Men Eliot Gregory
  • That is, one glass didn't quite complete the business, for it took two or three to get my courage up to concert pitch.

  • Their first note had reached such a high measure that all the succeeding days followed at concert pitch.

    One Day Anonymous
  • Mrs. Barrast was always screwed up to concert pitch and never gave herself, or any one in her vicinity, a single moment of peace.

    A Son of Perdition

    Fergus Hume
  • When our turn arrived, Miss Sibley translated for us, and as we were at concert pitch we did not acquit ourselves badly.

British Dictionary definitions for concert pitch

concert pitch

noun
1.
the frequency of 440 hertz assigned to the A above middle C See pitch1 (sense 30), international pitch
2.
(informal) a state of extreme readiness
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