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stage wait

noun, Theater.
an unintentional pause during a performance, usually caused by a performer's or stagehand's missing a cue.
Origin of stage wait
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A stage wait to let that soak into them in all its full strength.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • After that there was what is known in theatrical circles as a "stage wait."

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • The ‘stage wait’ was filled up by some simple playing and singing by a few local amateurs.

  • Now you'd better go on or there'll be a stage wait, and get back to ma as quick as you like.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • His reluctance was merely a dissimulation, a stage wait for heightened dramatic effect.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • There was some advantage, too, in this species of stage wait.

  • There was an agonizing time getting us all introduced and a still more agonizing time of stage wait afterward.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • A tiny pause ensues; this stage wait has been skillfully timed; a suitable atmosphere subtly has been created.

    The Abandoned Farmers Irvin S. Cobb

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