- to work as a stage manager for: When he wasn't acting, he stage-managed a repertory theater.
- to arrange or stage in order to produce a theatrical or spectacular effect: The clients were most impressed with the way she stage-managed the whole presentation.
- to arrange or direct unobtrusively or in secret: He stage-managed Mediterranean black-market operations from his secluded villa on the Riviera.
- to work as a stage manager.
Origin of stage-manage
First recorded in 1875–80; back formation from stage manager
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Examples from the Web for stage-manage
Now, another thing: How'd you like to have me stage-manage this dbut of yours?The House of Torchy
Not satisfied with this, he proceeded to stage-manage the place.The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad
Edward John Thompson
She might haul him over the coals as much as she liked; but he wanted to stage-manage the position of the coals.The Second Fiddle
She began to stage-manage my productions without waiting for my suggestions.Nat Goodwin's Book
Nat C. Goodwin
A triangular party, when two out of the three share certain poignant memories, is by no means the easiest thing to stage-manage.The Lamp of Fate
- to work as stage manager for (a play, etc)
- (tr) to arrange, present, or supervise from behind the scenesto stage-manage a campaign