dress rehearsal

noun
a rehearsal of a play or other performance in costume and with scenery, properties, and lights arranged and operated as for a performance: often the final rehearsal.

Origin:
1820–30

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dress rehearsal
 
n
1.  the last complete rehearsal of a play or other work, using costumes, scenery, lighting, etc, as for the first night
2.  any full-scale practice

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While the musicians are off for a dress rehearsal, some of the journalists are taken on a tour of the city.
The third preseason game is often called a dress rehearsal for the regular season.
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