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dress rehearsal

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 of dress rehearsal
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After the dress-rehearsal I wrote in my diary: "Edy has real genius for dresses for the stage."

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • The dress-rehearsal had just dragged its weary length to a close.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • "It's the dress-rehearsal, Mr. Machin," said the woman, startled and apologetic.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • I'll wash my hands of her till the dress-rehearsal, if you like.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • I was "top angel" in the vision, and I remember that the heat of the gas at that dizzy height made me sick at the dress-rehearsal!

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • It was their dress-rehearsal night for the coming performance of The Lovers Secret.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • However, the two of them were very enthusiastic players, and at the dress-rehearsal it was doubtful which was the better.

    A City Schoolgirl May Baldwin
  • And she says to him, "You cannot go to Ingham now, you have a dress-rehearsal."

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • In another room Kim helped me change, sending the lackeys away; and quick and to the point was the dress-rehearsal he gave me.

  • "But the dress-rehearsal was fixed for three o'clock," said he.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for dress-rehearsal

dress rehearsal

the last complete rehearsal of a play or other work, using costumes, scenery, lighting, etc, as for the first night
any full-scale practice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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