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stage-whisper (third-person singular simple present stage-whispers, present participle stage-whispering, simple past and past participle stage-whispered)

  1. (theater) To perform a stage whisper.
    • 1878, in Things in General, volume 2, p. 132:
      The duet was embellished with stage-whispered solos [...]
    • 1883, Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, chapter 31 "A Thumb-print and What Came of It":
      “The captain's voice, by G–!” said the stage-whispering ruffian, and both robbers fled by the way of the back door, shutting off their bull's-eye as they ran.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XVI:
      [...] Bobbie sprang at me like a leopardess. “What on earth are you fooling about for like this, Bertie?” she stage-whispered.
    • 2012, The Economist, 22nd Sep., East Asian rivalry: protesting too much
      Into this melodrama stepped the American defence secretary, Leon Panetta. He stopped in both countries, urged both sides to get along better and affirmed America’s pledge of mutual defence with Japan—though an unnamed senior American military official stage-whispered to the Washington Post that America wouldn’t go to war “over a rock”.
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