- a short play preceding a main play.
- any preliminary event or performance.
Origin of curtain raiser
Idioms and Phrases with curtain raiser
Preliminary event, as in This limited attack on the chairman is just a curtain raiser for the concerted effort to oust him. This term literally refers to a short play or skit presented before the main theatrical production. It began to be transferred to other preliminaries about 1940.