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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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  • Acton's sweating no end to screw us up to concert-pitch, and flat mutiny is his reward.

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
  • But what mattered it when we were at concert-pitch, and bears for the tune?

  • A man cannot be at concert-pitch all day long with his mistress any more easily than with his wife.

    One Man's View Leonard Merrick
  • It was like a violinist screwing his instrument up to concert-pitch, below which it would drop from day to day.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He wanted to live and to have others live on the concert-pitch of romantic action.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • We have to take into consideration the concert-pitch in use at the time of Paganini's public career.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton
  • Her innocence of what he was doing—of what it was necessary for him to do to remain at concert-pitch—was supreme.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Something inside Coryndon's brain tightened like a string of a violin tuned up to concert-pitch.

    The Pointing Man Marjorie Douie
  • The part fits her like a glove, and all we've got to do is to keep everybody up to concert-pitch and get all the laughs we can.

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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