Footlights

footlight

[foot-lahyt]
noun
1.
Usually, footlights. Theater. the lights at the front of a stage that are nearly on a level with the feet of the performers.
2.
the footlights, the stage; acting profession.

Origin:
1830–40; foot + light1

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footlights (ˈfʊtˌlaɪts)
 
pl n
1.  lights set in a row along the front of the stage floor and shielded on the audience side
2.  informal the acting profession; the stage

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