appear as

Act the part of in public, usually alluding to a performance on stage. For example, She got wonderful reviews when she appeared as Portia. This idiom uses appear in the sense of “to come before the public,” a usage dating from the late 1500s.


Nearby words

  1. appeal,
  2. appeal play,
  3. appealing,
  4. appealingly,
  5. appear,
  6. appearance,
  7. appearance money,
  8. appeasable,
  9. appease,
  10. appeasement

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.