Definition of show time in English:

show time


  • 1The time at which a play, film, or concert is scheduled to begin.

    ‘it was five minutes to show time and a huge roar went up from the audience’
    • ‘I don't know if we'll get a chance before show time.’
    • ‘The record company reps turn up a half hour before show time.’
    • ‘We arrived at 6: 13 pm, two minutes before show time.’
    • ‘All patrons must be seated 15 minutes before show time.’
    • ‘For a long time attendees drifted in slowly but as show time approached, a pretty huge crowd forms waiting to have their IDs checked before they can get into the line on the red carpet to enter the security tent.’
    • ‘Guitarist Jeremy Hora spoke prior to show time about his bandmates, the pressure of living up to the expectations of such a successful debut, and his love for Gordie Johnson.’
    • ‘It is 15 minutes to show time and I've just had my first sight of the empty room.’
    • ‘Shows are free, but remember to pick up passes a week before show time.’
    • ‘Mark was nowhere to be found until five minutes before show time, when he and Ms. Malek gathered everyone in the hallway so the assembled audience wouldn't hear us.’
    • ‘It's 30 minutes before show time and it's dark and surprisingly quiet backstage at the Gateway Theatre.’
    • ‘Whilst at first the Shakespearean tongue was hard to handle the talented young actors soon grasped it and are set to wow the audience come show time.’
    • ‘And one night this year when it was near show time and he didn't have anything to do, he walked over to the Tickets booth and struck gold.’
    • ‘By now it's less than an hour until show time and there isn't room to swing a mascara backstage so unsurprisingly Belinda laughs when I ask how she's coping.’
    1. 1.1 Used to signal the beginning of an event or process that is expected to be dramatic, decisive, or otherwise significant.
      • ‘It's show time for the thirty drivers entered in the World Series by Renault, set to take part in their first two races this weekend.’
      • ‘‘This broadcast debut is definitely show time for us,’ says Worley.’
      • ‘We need to send a little message to your partner, then it's show time.’
      • ‘After a fortnight of opening statements, it's finally show time for the majority owner of the Seven Network, Kerry Stokes.’
      • ‘But five minutes before show time on this early October morning, it's clear that Causey and Majerus haven't had much practice working the phone lines.’
      • ‘When any female athlete is identified more often with lingerie than with workout wear, it's difficult to find a way to promote her as a serious contender when show time comes around.’
      • ‘Ten minutes later Gino O'Boyle equalised and after that it was show time.’