One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Rehearse (a play or other piece), reading the lines aloud from a script and performing the actions of the characters.
- ‘Expecting an actor to have the stamina to walk through a piece dozens of times while the set dressers worry about where to place a fire hydrant, and then provide a fresh, emotional performance just isn't reasonable.’
- ‘In the line up I start by reminding the actors of how we approached the scene in rehearsal and then asking them just to walk through the action.’
- 1.1 Act or perform in a perfunctory or lackluster manner.
- ‘But, along with the rest of the cast, the lead actor barely walks through his role and delivers his lines by rote.’
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