variants or kiss and cry
plural kiss-and-cries or kiss and cries
: an area adjacent to a skating rink where figure skaters wait for their marks immediately after performing in a competition
In recent Olympic figure skating, we watched athletes with no chance at medals who were ecstatic in the kiss-and-cry because they had done their best.Howard Gensler
Their score [in an Olympic skating event], about two points off their season's best, had Moir's brows furrowed in a frown in the kiss and cryLori Ewing
He left the ice with a twirl and an arm extended toward the small but adoring crowd before moving to the kiss-and-cry area to hear his scores.Abbotsford (British Columbia) News

Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kiss-and-cry was in 1987

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“Kiss-and-cry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kiss-and-cry. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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