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 fact that Cabello actually grew up to be a singer, however, still seems pretty miraculous because, for most of her childhood, Cabello suffered from intense stage fright. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "The Other Side of Camila Cabello," 14 Nov. 2018 The age-old advice of overcoming stage fright is to picture everybody in their underwear. Robert Cocuzzo, Town & Country, "Ahem, Is Thing Thing On? A Gentleman's Guide to Best Man Speeches," 25 Apr. 2016 Standing offstage, Victor Manuel Ruiz, age 17 and wearing braces, practically trembled with stage fright. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Victor Manuelle Talks Spicing Up His Salsa on '25/7' With Latin Urban Sounds," 26 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of stage fright

1876, in the meaning defined above

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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