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stage business

business (def 10).
Origin of stage business
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The whole of this stage business was simply flying in the face of Providence.

  • stage business—all of it—creates some dramatic value for the performance.

  • So, in the matter of this stage business, you can take no steps to restrain her?

    The Third Degree

    Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
  • "But at least wait until you've looked into the stage business," he urged.

    The Grain Of Dust David Graham Phillips
  • Played off on her a bit of the stage business she is so fond of.

  • The precise details of the histrionic technique and "stage business" in vogue must remain more or less a mystery to us.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • Her figure is too petite to give effect to heroic characters; but her voice is good, and her stage business soigné.

  • Mr. Hickok in real life had long been familiar with every fraction of the stage business; the lines he could learn in a night.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • It was very long before even the first-rate geniuses could acquire the mechanical knowledge of the stage business.

    Chronicles of the Canongate Sir Walter Scott
  • The amount of whipping and other stage business to accompany this recitative might safely be trusted to choir boy impromptu.

    St. Nicholas George H. McKnight

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