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.
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.
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.
This stage-wait in the tragedy is doo to fear excloosive.
We had a solemn stage-wait, now, for about twenty minutes -- a thing
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.