stage fright


Definition of stage fright 

: nervousness felt at appearing before an audience

Examples of stage fright in a Sentence

She got over her stage fright by the second act. I get stage fright whenever I have to speak in front of a large group of people.

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The Warriors certainly didn’t suffer from stage fright. Mark Schmetzer,, "Glory Days: Goshen baseball loomed large, delivered a 1958 state championship," 10 May 2018 But Cardi used a common stage fright technique of picking a blank spot in the crowd. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "9 Takeaways From Cardi B's Beats 1 Interview," 6 Apr. 2018 Crowd scenes worked well, with director Alexander drawing a wonderful playful energy from the Philadelphia Boys Choir, while the third act’s boy soloist, Cameron Bowden, showed none of the stage fright that often comes with young performers. David Patrick Stearns,, "Love 'Tosca'? Philadelphia Orchestra's staging doesn't disappoint," 13 May 2018 Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose is lovely, but her Eliza seems to be hampered by a metaphorical stage fright that never fully dissipates. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 Like most graduates, teenager Carson Covey had a lot of things on his mind, but stage fright was not one of them. Thom Leavy, CBS News, "Colorado teen overcomes disability to walk across stage at graduation," 20 May 2018 Boise State got a case of stage fright in its debut in college softball's big show. Kevin Manning, idahostatesman, "Boise State gets stage fright in the big show, but it has another chance at the spotlight | Idaho Statesman," 19 May 2018 Then, the most anticipated picker of the day got stage fright. Charlotte Carroll,, "Roundup of Most Interesting Ways Picks Have Announced on Last Day of NFL Draft," 28 Apr. 2018 The girls selected got a bit of stage fright and froze up, but Cabello handled the moment well, triggering a supportive cheer from the crowd. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Camila Cabello proves she can rule the pop music world at Milwaukee concert," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stage fright

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stage fright was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of stage fright

: a nervous feeling felt by someone who is going to appear in front of an audience

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