from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A delay in a theatrical performance, due to dilatoriness of an actor or carpenter, or to any like cause.


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  • I have to say the glitch felt phony to me -- a planned stage-wait so the crowd could get the perverse thrill they'd been hearing about.

    David Finkle: First Nighter: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Turns Off the Past

  • But, doubtless also convinced that there would be an accounting to his master for this night's work, he rose to his duty only after Mr. Maginnis had glared at him through a noticeable stage-wait, and then made the introduction as prejudicial as he dared.

    Captivating Mary Carstairs

  • We had a solemn stage-wait, now, for about twenty minutes -- a thing I had counted on for effect; it is always good to let your audience have a chance to work up its expectancy.

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • This stage-wait in the tragedy is doo to fear excloosive.

    Wolfville Nights

  • We had a solemn stage-wait, now, for about twenty minutes -- a thing

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Part 5.

  • But this time there was no stage-wait; the door was instantly unlocked, unbolted, unchained and flung wide; and in it appeared the strange and welcome apparition of the _portier's_ round face all sunshine and smiles and welcome, in place of the black frowns and hostility that I was expecting.

    Chapters from My Autobiography


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