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command performance

a performance of a play, opera, ballet, or the like, given at the request of a sovereign or head of state.
1895-1900 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for command performance
  • Chancellors have their days, of course, and budget day is every chancellor's command performance.
  • They want to see how you grade papers, not an extra special and uncharacteristically different command performance.
  • The dancer was cleared, after she did a command performance in the judge's chambers.
  • The production of television football has become a high-tech command performance.
British Dictionary definitions for command performance

command performance

a performance of a play, opera, etc, at the request of a ruler or of royalty
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Contemporary definitions for command performance

a social occasion one is required to attend's 21st Century Lexicon
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Idioms and Phrases with command performance

command performance

An occasion that one is obliged to attend, as in My boss's invitations to dinner are always a command performance. This term originally (late 1800s) denoted a theatrical or musical performance presented at the behest of a sovereign or head of state. By the 1930s it was also used figuratively for any more or less obligatory occasion or performance.
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