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first night

Origin of first night
1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • first-night, as I have said, was a specially “go-as-you-please” occasion at the school.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • The sudden relief, the feeling of irresponsibility, the first-night excitement.

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • Not long ago there was a discussion as to the "rights" of first-night audiences to "boo" a new play and the performers in it.

    Ellen Terry and Her Sisters T. Edgar Pemberton
  • How did the first-night audience of public, and critics, receive the new play?

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • Instead of accepting the verdict, he trounced the first-night audience for giving it.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • She saw Jarvis before the curtain making a first-night's speech.

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • Fancy the average New York first-night audience, stiff and unbending, sceptical and sardonic, welcoming this exhibition!

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • This is the right spirit, and we claim that our English first-night system has stirred it to a higher emulation.

    Miser Farebrother (vol 2 of 3) Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • According to my cousin, the first-night deadheads, as a body, are unpunctual and unappreciative.

    Our Stage and Its Critics "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
  • He took her to the Josiah Bagbys' for dinner; to the first-night of a summer musical comedy.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for first-night

first night

  1. the first public performance of a play or other production
  2. (as modifier): first-night nerves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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