One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A powerful electric lamp used in filming.
- ‘‘Those who remain in the embassy are spies,’ he declared, his voice calm and clear, his fresh young face fairly glowing in the unfamiliar klieg lights.’
- ‘The real politics - the arm twisting, the negotiation, the wielding of power - only really began once the bunting was taken down and the klieg lights turned off.’
- ‘It's hard to figure why the owners would go to the trouble of fitting out appealing outdoor dining patios, only to light them with banks of glary klieg lights.’
- ‘As darkness fell, the eerie scene was lit by huge banks of bright industrial klieg lights to help rescuers.’
- ‘They were preceded by a bus carrying a generator shining a huge klieg light on the procession, so that video-cameramen could immortalise the scene.’
1920s: named after the American brothers, Anton T. Kliegl (1872–1927) and John H. Kliegl (1869–1959), who invented it.
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