curtain raiser


a short play preceding a main play.
any preliminary event or performance.

Nearby words

  1. curtailment,
  2. curtain,
  3. curtain call,
  4. curtain lecture,
  5. curtain line,
  6. curtain shutter,
  7. curtain speech,
  8. curtain time,
  9. curtain wall,
  10. curtain-raiser

Origin of curtain raiser

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Idioms and Phrases with curtain raiser

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.

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