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stage fright

nervousness felt by a performer or speaker when appearing before an audience.
Origin of stage fright
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
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  • I am subject to the trac or stage fright, and I have it terribly.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • In spite of his stage fright the Captain grinned when he saw "Web."

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I was not struck with stage fright, but with Professor fright.

  • When I stepped up on the stage to read my composition I was seized with stage fright.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • Certain it is that neither of the two men experienced the least stage fright.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • He's afraid I shall have stage fright because I'm so cool now, I suppose.'

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for stage fright

stage fright

nervousness or panic that may beset a person about to appear in front of an audience
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Idioms and Phrases with stage fright

stage fright

Acute nervousness when performing or speaking before an audience, as in When John first had to present his findings to the board of directors, stage fright made him stutter. [ Second half of 1800s ]
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