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concert pitch

Music. a standard of pitch used for tuning orchestral instruments, usually established at 440 vibrations per second for A above middle C.
a state of heightened eagerness, readiness, or tension:
Spring training had brought the athletes up to concert pitch for the beginning of the season.
Origin of concert pitch
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Hands grow busy, the noise recommences, and in a few minutes the buzz rises again to concert pitch.

  • Inwardly now the turmoil of her emotions rose to concert pitch.

    Rich Man, Poor Man Maximilian Foster
  • All orchestral instruments are supposed to be tuned to concert pitch.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • It is desirable, then, that all pianos used with orchestra should be tuned to concert pitch if possible.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • Occasionally, just to keep the others up to concert pitch, he used to sack one of the men for being too slow.

  • His raiment was still at concert pitch, but his face even darker than it had been as the crime doctor saw it last.

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
  • But at such a moment as this, when the nerves are strung up to concert pitch, imagination plays us all sorts of impossible tricks.

  • Mrs. Barrast was always screwed up to concert pitch and never gave herself, or any one in her vicinity, a single moment of peace.

    A Son of Perdition Fergus Hume
  • Perhaps I saw that I couldn't hope to keep keyed up to concert pitch all the way through.

  • When our turn arrived, Miss Sibley translated for us, and as we were at concert pitch we did not acquit ourselves badly.

British Dictionary definitions for concert pitch

concert pitch

the frequency of 440 hertz assigned to the A above middle C See pitch1 (sense 30), international pitch
(informal) a state of extreme readiness
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