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showmanship

[shoh-muh n-ship] /ˈʃoʊ mənˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the skill or ability of a showman.
Origin of showmanship
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; showman + -ship
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  • Much information about showmanship is given in our makeup classes.

  • His anger struggled with his pleasure at Hugo's showmanship.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • As for the rest of the trick, the effect is produced entirely by showmanship.

    Water Wizardry Arthur Ainslie
  • As for Fanny's method; here is a typical example of her somewhat crude effectiveness in showmanship.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • In doing this you make use of an excellent little piece of showmanship; you pretend to be very nervous.

    Water Wizardry Arthur Ainslie
  • His method would be cunning and crafty, and it would be done with a lot of showmanship.

Word Origin and History for showmanship
n.

1859, from showman "one who presents shows" + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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