stage fright

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Origin of stage fright

First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for stage fright

stage fright

noun
  1. nervousness or panic that may beset a person about to appear in front of an audience
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Idioms and Phrases with stage fright

stage fright

Acute nervousness when performing or speaking before an audience, as in When John first had to present his findings to the board of directors, stage fright made him stutter. [Second half of 1800s]

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