well-made play

noun

: a play constructed according to a predetermined pattern and aiming at neatness of plot and theatrical effectiveness but often being mechanical and stereotyped

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of well-made play was in 1881

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“Well-made play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-made%20play. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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