curtain raiser

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Origin of curtain raiser

First recorded in 1885–90
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Related Words for curtain raiser

lead-in, kickoff, preliminary, preview, inaugural, countdown, opener, run-up, walk-up

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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