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Words and stage directions

come on

to appear on a stage

cue

noun

something that an actor does or says as a signal to another actor to do or say something

cue

verb

to give someone, usually an actor or other performer, a signal to do or say something

exeunt

verb

used as a written instruction that tells two or more actors to leave the stage at a particular time in a play

exit

verb

used as a written instruction that tells an actor to leave the stage at a particular time in a play

line

noun

the words that an actor says in a performance

part

noun

the words spoken by an actor playing a particular person in a film, play, or television programme

prompt

verb

to remind an actor which words to say next

prompt

noun

a word or words said to remind an actor what to say next

rhubarb

noun

a word that actors repeat to represent the sound of people talking, for example in a play

stage direction

noun

an instruction about what will happen in a play or other show

stage direction

noun

the work of giving stage directions

stage left

adverb

on the left side of the stage for an actor who is looking towards the audience

stage right

adverb

on the right side of the stage for an actor who is looking towards the audience

infobesity

the condition of continually consuming large amounts of information, especially when this has a negative effect on a person's well-being and ability to concentrate

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drive-by handshake

a brief handshake that is made without pausing or making eye contact, because you are upset or angry

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