curtain-raiser

curtain raiser

noun
1.
a short play preceding a main play.
2.
any preliminary event or performance.

Origin:
1885–90

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curtain-raiser
 
n
1.  theatre a short dramatic piece presented before the main play
2.  any preliminary event: the debate was a curtain-raiser to the election

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