concert pitch


noun

Music. a standard of pitch used for tuning orchestral instruments, usually established at 440 vibrations per second for A above middle C.
a state of heightened eagerness, readiness, or tension: Spring training had brought the athletes up to concert pitch for the beginning of the season.

Origin of concert pitch

First recorded in 1760–70
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concert pitch

noun

the frequency of 440 hertz assigned to the A above middle CSee pitch 1 (def. 30), international pitch
informal a state of extreme readiness
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