dress rehearsal


Definition of dress rehearsal 

1 : a full rehearsal (as of a play) in costume and with stage properties shortly before the first performance

2 : a practice exercise for something to come : dry run

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Goal of the weekend Neymar had another dazzling performance in his second dress rehearsal before the World Cup in Russia. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Teams arrive in Russia, Vieira leaves NYCFC and the best of the soccer weekend," 10 June 2018 The dress rehearsal for big shutdowns will start next April, when the Canarsie Tube will be closed for fifteen months, as the M.T.A. finishes repairing the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium win 3rd place with victory over England," 14 July 2018 In many ways, Britton’s return is a dress rehearsal for potential trade suitors with the nonwaiver trade deadline approaching at the end of next month. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Zach Britton's ninth-inning breakdown forces Orioles into extra innings again," 27 June 2018 Saturday requires another soundcheck, a dress rehearsal, and finally the big performance. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Foo Fighters & 'SNL' Producers Break Down What Goes Into the Show's Musical Performances," 28 Mar. 2018 When: Open dress rehearsal at 2:30 p.m. July 14; full production at 7:30 p.m. July 15 Cost: $5 on July 14; suggested donation of $10-$20 on July 15 Livestream: Can’t make it in person? Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "With music and drama, playwright Joseph Hayes debuts 'Destination Moon'," 10 July 2018 Following several weeks of checkouts and refurbishments, B1045 trekked out to pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a routine static fire—essentially a dress rehearsal. Amy Thompson, WIRED, "SpaceX Is About to Launch Its Final Block 4 Falcon," 28 June 2018 The company says the original launch window was moved from April after unusual behavior was identified in a motor controller during a wet dress rehearsal. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceShipTwo soars, BFR engine advances, a self-eating booster," 1 June 2018

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1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dress rehearsal

: the final practice of a play that is done with all the costumes, scenery, etc., that will be used in the first real performance before an audience

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