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Origin of upstage

First recorded in 1905–10; up- + stage
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Word Origin and History for upstage

upstage


1918 (adj.), 1921 (v.); the notion is of drawing attention to oneself (and away from a fellow actor) by moving upstage -- to the rear of the stage -- so that the other actor must face away from the audience. The noun upstage "back of the stage" is recorded from 1870.

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