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stage-manage

[steyj-man-ij] /ˈsteɪdʒˌmæn ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), stage-managed, stage-managing.
1.
to work as a stage manager for:
When he wasn't acting, he stage-managed a repertory theater.
2.
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.
3.
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.
4.
to work as a stage manager.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; back formation from stage manager
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British Dictionary definitions for stagemanage

stage-manage

verb
1.
to work as stage manager for (a play, etc)
2.
(transitive) to arrange, present, or supervise from behind the scenes: to stage-manage a campaign
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