the first of several theatrical numbers, variety acts, sports events, etc.: a humorous monologue as an opener.
openers, Poker. cards in a hand, as a pair of jacks or better, that according to a given standard are worth enough to enable the holder to make the first bet of a deal.
Idioms about opener
for openers, as an initially stated reason or argument; at the outset; to begin with: Well, for openers, I don't have the money.
- self-o·pen·er, noun
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How to use opener in a sentence
It might have unfolded sooner, too, except Magpayo missed the season opener the previous week to be with his wife for the birth of the couple’s first child.Asian Coaches Association advocates for ‘minority of minorities’ in college basketball | Gene Wang | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
At 58, Few has won 614 games — winning his 600th in a rout of Kansas in the season opener.Undefeated Gonzaga is staring down history, but its final exam won’t arrive until March | John Feinstein | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
As of Wednesday night, the Capitals are still scheduled to practice Thursday and play their home opener Friday.Alex Ovechkin one of four Capitals placed on NHL covid-19 protocol-related absences list | Samantha Pell | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The Rockets, who saw their season opener postponed after several players were sidelined by positive or inconclusive coronavirus tests and contact tracing, weathered that early turbulence.With the Rockets floundering out of the gate, James Harden says team ‘can’t be fixed’ | Ben Golliver | January 13, 2021 | Washington Post
Opening night rosters must be set by Tuesday, so more cuts will follow before the team leaves Wednesday afternoon for its season opener Thursday night in Buffalo.Five takeaways from the Capitals’ final scrimmage of training camp | Samantha Pell | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
This attack, coming just days after the PlayStation DDoS, was certainly an eye-opener.
At the Gramercy Theater, a woman dressed as Maude Lebowski looks fierce as Cover Me Badd, the musical opener, takes the stage.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest | Rich Goldstein | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This prompts Sarah Lynn to stab herself with a Confederate bayonet letter-opener, causing a geyser of blood.'BoJack Horseman': The Debauched Tales of a Drunken, Groupie-Sexing D-List Horse, Hits Netflix | Marlow Stern | August 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Read this post about the 2014 home-opener tifo, and get inspired.Portland Is Ground Zero for the Best Women’s Soccer in the World | Evelyn Shoop | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Stuff like a $345 key-shaped brass bottle opener by Viennese modernist designer Carl Aubock.
Black Hood stepped to Carlson's desk, picked up an envelope and a letter opener, and returned to the body.
The boss was sitting back in his chair and making little rings on the desk blotter with the point of his letter-opener.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
They had never seen me really dressed up before; Barney said it was an eye-opener.Children of the Whirlwind | Leroy Scott
Beyond the point of confluence the country becomes opener, freer, and healthier, and we arrive at the Portuguese town of Tt.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
But the chauffeur is an old and trusted servant, and, moreover, the box opener says that the ladies occupied their box.Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels | Mrs. Charles Bryce
British Dictionary definitions for opener
an instrument used to open sealed containers such as tins or bottles: a bottle opener
a person who opens, esp the player who makes the first bid or play
the first or opening section or episode in a series
US the first song, act, etc, in a variety show
(plural) a start; beginning (esp in the phrase for openers)
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