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drop scene

noun, Theater.
a drop curtain, often of painted or dyed canvas, located downstage and used as the backdrop for a scene played while the set upstage is being changed.
a scene or act played with less intensity than the preceding one.
the last scene of an act or play.
Origin of drop scene
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was a black curtain, like a drop-scene; and I knew that, as soon as that lifted, I should be dead and on the other side.

    Lady Lilith Stephen McKenna
  • She was hoping that with Alvan's eruption the drop-scene would fall.

  • These were the drop-scene, merely: negligible, when Life took the stage.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • The drop-scene (as we should call it) raised between the acts of a play.

  • A drop-scene, however, is not amiss to any little conversational drama.

  • Some six years are supposed to have elapsed since the drop-scene fell on our last act.

    Daisy's Necklace Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • I remember there was a drop-scene on which was daubed a blue lake with very green hills in the distance.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • Renée, with the help of her drawing-master, had painted the drop-scene, which looked something like the banks of the Seine.

    Rene Mauperin Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • In the background is the drop-scene of mountainous hills, dotted with villages and scored with paths and gullies.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • At a nod from Mr. Jope, two seamen ran and cut the cords supporting the drop-scene.

    The Mayor of Troy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

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