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stage fright

noun
1.
nervousness felt by a performer or speaker when appearing before an audience.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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Examples from the web for stage fright
  • 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.
  • For example, there is a prescription drug for stage fright.
British Dictionary definitions for stage fright

stage fright

noun
1.
nervousness or panic that may beset a person about to appear in front of an audience
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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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