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sneak preview

noun
1.
a preview of a motion picture, often shown in addition to an announced film, in order to observe the reaction of the audience.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40
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Examples from the web for sneak preview
  • Getting ready for rollout: trainings, downtimes, and a final sneak preview.
  • Those of you who attended our conference last year received a sneak preview of the new system.
British Dictionary definitions for sneak preview

sneak preview

noun
1.
a screening of a film at an unexpected time to test audience reaction before its release
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with sneak preview

sneak preview

An advance showing of something, as in It was supposed to be bad luck but she gave the bridegroom a sneak preview of her wedding gown. This expression originated in the 1930s for a single public showing of a motion picture before its general release, and in succeeding decades was transferred to other undertakings.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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