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opera glass

op·er·a glass

 (ŏp′ər-ə, ŏp′rə)
n. often opera glasses
A pair of small, low-powered binoculars for use especially at a theatrical performance.
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References in classic literature ?
"Excuse me," he added, taking an opera glass out of her hand, and proceeding to scrutinize, over her bare shoulder, the row of boxes facing them.
But the position of a man pursuing a married woman, and, regardless of everything, staking his life on drawing her into adultery, has something fine and grand about it, and can never be ridiculous; and so it was with a proud and gay smile under his mustaches that he lowered the opera glass and looked at his cousin.
Another was a well-dressed young man, who carried an opera glass set in gold, and seemed to be making a quotation from some of Byron's rhapsodies on mountain scenery.
Among the company at the door were the mineralogist and the owner of the gold opera glass whom we had encountered in the Notch; two Georgian gentlemen, who had chilled their southern blood that morning on the top of Mount Washington; a physician and his wife from Conway; a trader of Burlington, and an old squire of the Green Mountains; and two young married couples, all the way from Massachusetts, on the matrimonial jaunt, Besides these strangers, the rugged county of Coos, in which we were, was represented by half a dozen wood-cutters, who had slain a bear in the forest and smitten off his paw.
The poet was understood to be the young gentleman of the gold opera glass, who heard our laudatory remarks with the composure of a veteran.
Then they went back to the shelf and, next to the box of sweets, found an opera glass. They looked at each other.
The camera consisted of a box with a lens from an opera glass. He took off the cover then ran in front, standing still as the image burned on to the plate.
For one of the shortest synopses on record, here's how Stanford University's online "Opera Glass" site sums it all up:
And the opera glass in Mary Cassatt's In the Loge, also from 1878, already functioned as a figure for female visual agency in fashion plates from earlier in the century.
At one point I suggested the set could be a giant opera glass that perched on the stage!
Opera Glass shaped with promise on her handicap debut earlier this month and looks the answer to the Weatherbys Bank Fillies' Rated Stakes.