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[steyj-man-ij] /ˈsteɪdʒˌmæn ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), stage-managed, stage-managing.
to work as a stage manager for:
When he wasn't acting, he stage-managed a repertory theater.
to arrange or stage in order to produce a theatrical or spectacular effect:
The clients were most impressed with the way she stage-managed the whole presentation.
to arrange or direct unobtrusively or in secret:
He stage-managed Mediterranean black-market operations from his secluded villa on the Riviera.
verb (used without object), stage-managed, stage-managing.
to work as a stage manager.
Origin of stage-manage
First recorded in 1875-80; back formation from stage manager Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stage-manage
Historical Examples
  • Now, another thing: How'd you like to have me stage-manage this dbut of yours?

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Not satisfied with this, he proceeded to stage-manage the place.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad

    Edward John Thompson
  • She might haul him over the coals as much as she liked; but he wanted to stage-manage the position of the coals.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
  • She began to stage-manage my productions without waiting for my suggestions.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • A triangular party, when two out of the three share certain poignant memories, is by no means the easiest thing to stage-manage.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
  • Reginald called it a dispensation; it had been the dream of his life to stage-manage a choir outing.

    Reginald Saki
British Dictionary definitions for stage-manage


to work as stage manager for (a play, etc)
(transitive) to arrange, present, or supervise from behind the scenes: to stage-manage a campaign
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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