Definition of centre stage in English:

centre stage

noun

  • 1[in singular] The centre of a stage.

    ‘I took my place in the darkened centre stage’
    • ‘As each of four sets is pushed to centre stage, the garden's usurpation of the kitchen is delightfully revealed.’
    • ‘She was at center stage making her curtain call.’
    • ‘The attention felt odd as if I were an actress on center stage of an award winning play.’
    • ‘So courtiers, listening to an amazing tale, sit down on the ground across center stage in a row, the talebearer getting down similarly opposite the front man in the lineup.’
    1. 1.1The most prominent position.
      ‘finance is taking centre stage in debates on policy’
      • ‘A fairhaven schoolboy got his hands on one of the most famous pieces of silverware in football this week - and he'll be taking centre stage before 80,000 people at a major final next year.’
      • ‘Yet on polling night, he devoted only about a seventh of his programme to the US election, George Redmond's credulity-stretching performance taking centre stage.’
      • ‘But it's Rory who is increasingly taking centre stage and his continued success has made his father realise he could go to the top.’
      • ‘Earnings will continue to pour in with financials taking centre stage.’
      • ‘In this way, budding fashion designers who are not too keen on taking centre stage get a chance to ensure that their creative designs get all the appreciation and accolades.’
      • ‘The friends have spent a day taking centre stage in front of the cameras putting together a report for a new children's series called Up2U.’
      • ‘This is important because the private sector should be seen to be taking centre stage in our economy.’
      • ‘It's May Day bank holiday and this year the VE Day anniversary celebrations are taking centre stage.’
      • ‘But one of the driving reasons Dubai is taking centre stage as the world's forceful new holiday destination is its unashamed consumerism.’
      • ‘Humanitarian concerns were taking centre stage.’
      • ‘Cheerleading is no longer on the sidelines at major sporting events; it is taking centre stage.’
      • ‘The ‘fog of war’ hid these concerns, but now they're taking centre stage.’
      • ‘Taking centre stage at yesterday's press conference was Paul Burke who will start at out half in place of the injured Ronan O'Gara.’
      • ‘Dozens of new generation hockey players are taking centre stage in the next ten days at the second annual Peter Feasby Celebration Trophy tournament.’
      • ‘Popular games that used to be tangible once upon a time have their duplicates taking centre stage now - be they card games, board games or even building blocks!’
      • ‘The integrity of executives is taking centre stage, just as obscene rewards for them leaves it; longer-term value and the interests of employees are set to play a bigger role.’
      • ‘Instead of addressing economic reform, Taiwan and economic control are taking centre stage.’
      • ‘The Royal Horticultural Society's Wisley June Flower Show will be held from Tuesday to Thursday, with sweet peas and delphiniums taking centre stage.’
      • ‘Taking centre stage over the two days is an array of tall ships from all over the world.’
      • ‘A musical reliving the Dons' incredible European Cup-Winners' Cup triumph of 20 years ago will be taking centre stage in a Granite City theatre.’

adverb

  • 1At or towards the middle of a stage.

    ‘at the play's opening she stands centre stage’
    • ‘She strides center stage, cheeks sagging with woe, and reads from a note card - great tragedy, brilliant talent, unrecoverable loss.’
    • ‘Regardless of what was happening centre stage, I was continually drawn to watch this character and to Mr. Poynder's unfaltering interpretation.’
    • ‘He stands centre stage, raising his arms like a talented preacher.’
    1. 1.1In or towards the most prominent position.
      ‘Asian countries have moved centre stage for world business’
      • ‘Supply chain management has moved center stage largely because of globalization.’
      • ‘The city's seedy side has moved center stage.’
      • ‘The prospect of "green" data centers has moved center stage.’

Pronunciation:

centre stage

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