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Visible from all sides, as in Jerry's done an excellent job in this interview, really portraying the senator in the round . This expression, which dates from about 1800, was at first used for a free-standing piece of sculpture (as opposed to a relief on a wall), and a century later for a theatrical stage (called theater-in-the-round ) so placed that the audience could see a performance from all sides. Since the 1920s it has also been used figuratively for someone or something seen three-dimensionally, as in the example.

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Example Sentences

The curtain lifted on his theater-in-the-round set to reveal models perched on the white horses of a mirrored carousel.

It stood like an alabaster stele in the center of an immense chamber arranged like a theater-in-the-round.

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