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stage fright

nervousness felt by a performer or speaker when appearing before an audience.
Origin of stage fright
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He had stage-fright when he first met Byron—whom he worshipped.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Noticing his stage-fright, the audience tried to encourage him by applause.

  • But when the Signora came on to sing she was seized with stage-fright.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton
  • It was time to go out and face the party, but he had stage-fright.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • For the first and only time in her life, she knew the meaning of stage-fright.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • stage-fright—the worst attack of stage-fright she could remember—had not been worse.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • Sometimes, as in stage-fright, it is their numerical superiority.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • For the first time she had a sort of stage-fright as she peeked out at them.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • I also experienced my first stage-fright at Master Flynn's, when my turn came to speak a piece before the entire school.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
  • Do not be disheartened if at first you suffer from stage-fright.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
British Dictionary definitions for stage-fright

stage fright

nervousness or panic that may beset a person about to appear in front of an audience
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Idioms and Phrases with stage-fright

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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