the show must go on

Definition of the show must go on

informal
used to say that a performance, event, etc., must continue even though there are problems

Word by Word Definitions

show play
  1. : to cause or permit to be seen : exhibit

  2. : to offer for sale

  3. : to present as a public spectacle : perform

  1. : a demonstrative display

  2. : outward appearance

  3. : a false semblance : pretense

must play
  1. : be commanded or requested to

  2. : be urged to : ought by all means to

  3. : be compelled by physical necessity to : be required by immediate or future need or purpose to

  1. : an imperative need or duty : requirement

  2. : an indispensable item : essential

  1. : the expressed juice of fruit and especially grapes before and during fermentation

  1. : musk

  2. : mold, mustiness

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board


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