stage fright

noun
nervousness felt by a performer or speaker when appearing before an audience.

Origin:
1875–80

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stage fright
 
n
nervousness or panic that may beset a person about to appear in front of an audience

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Main Entry:  stage fright
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See performance anxiety
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stage fright

Acute nervousness when performing or speaking before an audience, as in When John first had to present his findings to the board of directors, stage fright made him stutter. [Second half of 1800s]

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Example sentences
It's used to combat stage fright, or performance anxiety, and tremor.
What happened next he cannot recall, it was his only moment of stage fright.
Good speakers don't get nervous or have stage fright.
Many public figures who are well-known and experienced get stage fright.
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