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.
Recent Examples on the Web Her first night on the job in 1983 came with a whiff of stage fright. Lenny Megliola,, 2 June 2022 John Maclay and Brett Ryback wrote and composed this adaptation, in which Mr. Ratburn's class puts on a show, and Arthur's friends help him through a little stage fright. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 These recent shows have served as immersion therapy for Abrams’s lingering stage fright. Natalia Barr, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 But duty calls–their celebrity clients are in constant need of help from their agents, with issues ranging from marital problems to over-commitment to lingering method acting to stage fright. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 24 Apr. 2022 On the road with slacker rock-queen Courtney Barnett in a cinematic postcard of a film about anything from a quarter-life crisis and stage fright. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 24 Feb. 2022 To his friends at Christendom College, Michael Echaniz was a sweet, devoted friend who never got stage fright. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2022 Throughout the season, Susie works with Sophie to get her on Broadway, which eventually ends disastrously when Sophie suffers stage fright on the opening night, leading to bad reviews, and the play closes shortly after. Kelsie Gibson,, 15 Feb. 2022 As the weekend progresses, Vanessa meets her grandmother and other relatives, and even helps her little sister overcome stage fright before performing at the Christmas pageant. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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26 Jun 2022

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“Stage fright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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