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curtain raiser

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noun
a short play preceding a main play.
any preliminary event or performance.
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Origin of curtain raiser

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for curtain raiser

curtain-raiser

noun
theatre a short dramatic piece presented before the main play
any preliminary eventthe debate was a curtain-raiser to the election
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Other 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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