verb (used with object), stage-managed, stage-managing.
to work as a stage manager for: When he wasn't acting, he stage-managed a repertory theater.
to arrange or stage in order to produce a theatrical or spectacular effect: The clients were most impressed with the way she stage-managed the whole presentation.
to arrange or direct unobtrusively or in secret: He stage-managed Mediterranean black-market operations from his secluded villa on the Riviera.
verb (used without object), stage-managed, stage-managing.
to work as a stage manager.

1875–80; back formation from stage manager Unabridged
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1.  to work as stage manager for (a play, etc)
2.  (tr) to arrange, present, or supervise from behind the scenes: to stage-manage a campaign

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Example sentences
She was accompanied by a couple of handlers to stage-manage every step of her debut performance.
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