show must go on, the

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show must go on, the

The proceedings must continue, no matter what unfortunate event has occurred, as in The chairman died yesterday but the show must go on. This expression is a theatrical credo dating from the 1800s and was transferred to other situations in the first half of the 1900s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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