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footlight

[foo t-lahyt] /ˈfʊtˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
Usually, footlights. Theater. the lights at the front of a stage that are nearly on a level with the feet of the performers.
2.
the footlights, the stage; acting profession.
Origin of footlight
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; foot + light1
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  • They are nothing but footlight beauties: they look ghastly off the boards.

    The Girl From His Town Marie Van Vorst
  • There's far more heroism in the attitude of men out here than in the footlight attitude that journalists paint for the public.

    Carry On Coningsby Dawson
  • He did not mean it literally, footlight affairs being unfashionable.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • To use the torch or hand lantern, a footlight must be employed as a point of reference to the motion.

  • Dazed and wordless, weak from stage-fright, he permitted himself to be led forth into the terrifying glare of the footlight world.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
  • footlight paralysis is one of the most terrifying of all acute diseases and there is no cure for it but experience.

  • Jefferson had really fallen asleep, and his snores, it is said, were quite audible beyond the footlight.

  • Simultaneous-like, he became conscious of the fact that the footlight Favorites were no longer worthy of him.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • A footlight is placed within this tent-like cover to illuminate it.

  • No living creature excites such general curiosity, interest, and perhaps admiration and envy, as this footlight queen.

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