dress rehearsal

dress rehearsal
a full uninterrupted rehearsal in costumes shortly before the first performance
Hypernyms: ↑rehearsal, ↑dry run

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noun, pl ⋯ -als [count]
: the final practice of a play that is done with all the costumes, scenery, etc., that will be used in the first real performance before an audience
— often used figuratively

The local election is a dress rehearsal for the national election that will take place later this year.

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ˌdress reˈhearsal [dress rehearsal] noun
the final practice of a play in the theatre, using the clothes and lights that will be used for the real performance: (figurative)

The earlier protests had just been dress rehearsals for full-scale revolution.

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  • Dress rehearsal — Rehearsal Re*hears al (r?*h?rs a), n. The act of rehearsing; recital; narration; repetition; specifically, a private recital, performance, or season of practice, in preparation for a public exhibition or exercise. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] In… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dress rehearsal — ► NOUN ▪ a final rehearsal in which everything is done as it would be in a real performance …   English terms dictionary

  • dress rehearsal — n. a final rehearsal, as of a play or ceremony, performed exactly as it is to take place …   English World dictionary

  • dress rehearsal — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms dress rehearsal : singular dress rehearsal plural dress rehearsals 1) theatre an occasion when performers practise their full performance in exactly the same way as it will be performed for an audience 2) an… …   English dictionary

  • dress rehearsal — the last rehearsal before the performance, dry run    All actors must come to the dress rehearsal our last practice …   English idioms

  • Dress Rehearsal (album) — Dress Rehearsal Studio album by Carolyn Dawn Johnson Released May 4, 2004 …   Wikipedia

  • dress-rehearsal — dressˈ rehearsˈal noun A full rehearsal in costume with everything as for the performance (also figurative) • • • Main Entry: ↑dress …   Useful english dictionary

  • dress rehearsal — dress′ rehears′al n. sbz a rehearsal of a play, etc., using costumes, scenery, properties, and lights as for a performance • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

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