stage fright

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stage fright

Acute nervousness associated with performing or speaking before an audience.

stage fright

(Theatre) nervousness or panic that may beset a person about to appear in front of an audience

stage′ fright`

nervousness felt by a performer or speaker when appearing before an audience.
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Noun1.stage fright - fear that affects a person about to face an audiencestage fright - fear that affects a person about to face an audience
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
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stage fright

npanico prima di andare in scena
to get stage fright → essere assalito/a dal panico prima di andare in scena


(frait) noun
1. a sudden fear. the noise gave me a terrible fright.
2. a person who looks ridiculous. She looks a fright in those clothes.
stage frightstageˈfrighten verb
to make (someone) afraid. She was frightened by a large dog.
ˈfrightened adjective
ˈfrightful adjective
1. terrible or frightening. I had a frightful experience.
2. very bad. He is a frightful liar.
ˈfrightening adjective
ˈfrightfully adverb
very. He's frightfully clever.
take fright
to become frightened usually suddenly and quickly. She took fright and ran away.


(steidʒ) noun
a raised platform especially for performing or acting on, eg in a theatre.
1. to prepare and produce (a play etc) in a theatre etc. This play was first staged in 1928.
2. to organize (an event etc). The protesters are planning to stage a demonstration.
ˈstaging noun
1. wooden planks etc forming a platform.
2. the way in which a play etc is presented on a stage. The staging was good, but the acting poor.
stage direction
an order to an actor playing a part to do this or that. a stage direction to enter from the left.
stage fright
the nervousness felt by an actor etc when in front of an audience, especially for the first time. The young actress was suffering from stage fright and could not utter a word.
ˈstagehand noun
a workman employed to help with scenery etc.
stage manager
a person who is in charge of scenery and equipment for plays etc.
ˈstagestruck adjective
fascinated with the theatre or having a great desire to become an actor/actress.
References in classic literature ?
Anne was the victim of an overwhelming attack of stage fright.
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10 YEARS AGO A SINGER was caught driving while nearly FIVE TIMES over the limit after turning to booze when he developed stage fright.
Another of member of our group, Percy Main Sledge, suffered from stage fright and never graced the stage with his presence.
Superstar Adele, 28, who headlines Glastonbury next weekend, overcame panic attacks and stage fright earlier in her career.
Joe Appleyard, engineer at Severn Unival in Brighouse, who took part in the Stage Fright session, said: "The Stage Fright programme aided my understanding of the importance of projecting myself when presenting.
Plus, Toast is overcome with a debilitating bout of stage fright when he discovers an outdoor performance of The Scottish Play, directed by acclaimed theatrical director Peggy Plywood, will be broadcast live on ITV.
From the opening chapter, Stohrer is adamant that there is not quick fix for performance anxiety; instead, the musician embarks on a journey of self-exploration to find ways to alleviate stage fright.