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horse opera

A film or theatrical production about the American West (i.e., a western), especially one that is clichéd or formulaic. My grandfather and I had a tradition of watching old horse operas every Sunday on TV.
See also: horse, opera

hoss opera

A film or theatrical production about the American West (i.e., a western), especially one that is clichéd or formulaic. My grandfather and I had a tradition of watching old hoss operas every Sunday on TV.
See also: opera

oat opera

A film or theatrical production about the American West (i.e., a western), especially one that is clichéd or formulaic. My grandfather and I had a tradition of watching old oat operas every Sunday on TV.
See also: oat, opera

soap opera

1. A radio or television serial with stock characters in domestic dramas that are noted for being sentimental and melodramatic. For example, She just watches soap operas all day long. This term originated in the mid-1930s and was so called because the sponsors of the earliest such radio shows were often soap manufacturers.
2. Real-life situation resembling one that might occur in a soap opera, as in She just goes on and on about her various medical and family problems, one long soap opera . [1940s]
See also: opera, soap

horse opera

n. a Western movie. (see also oater.) They’re showing a series of old horse operas at the theater tonight.
See also: horse, opera
References in classic literature ?
No expense had been spared on the setting, which was acknowledged to be very beautiful even by people who shared his acquaintance with the Opera houses of Paris and Vienna.
If we are going to the opera to-night, perhaps we 'd better start, as the carriage has been waiting some time," observed Fan coolly, and sailed out of the room in an unusually lofty manner.
Fanny did n't seem inclined to talk much, and Tom would go on in such a ridiculous manner that Polly told him she would n't listen and began to hum bits of the opera.
He had heard the opera many times, but it had never seemed so fine before, perhaps because he had never happened to have had an ingenuous young face so near him in which the varying emotions born of the music, and the romance it portrayed, came and went so eloquently that it was impossible to help reading them.
For several months, there had been nothing discussed at the Opera but this ghost in dress-clothes who stalked about the building, from top to bottom, like a shadow, who spoke to nobody, to whom nobody dared speak and who vanished as soon as he was seen, no one knowing how or where.
You meet so many men in dress-clothes at the Opera who are not ghosts.
Pedro Gailhard himself, the late manager of the Opera.
But music, you know, is a matter of training," Ruth argued; "and opera is even more a matter of training.
An illusion that won't convince is a palpable lie, and that's what grand opera is to me when little Barillo throws a fit, clutches mighty Tetralani in his arms (also in a fit), and tells her how passionately he adores her.
She had always been used to music, and she had enjoyed opera ever since she was a child, and all her world had enjoyed it, too.
replied the other, with a sort of blush, "he'll cry himself to sleep"; and they fell to talking about the opera.
His wife encouraged him to dine abroad: she would let him off duty at the opera.
Sparsit, with a dignity serenely mournful, 'was familiar with the Italian Opera at a very early age.
Arrayed in superb raiment, with his opera hat under his arm, he concluded his self- examination hopefully, awaited the arrival of Miss Podsnap, and talked small-talk with Mrs Lammle.
I consider it very fortunate that Fate has written in the book of--in the book which is its own property--that I should go to that opera for the first time under the memorable circumstances of going with Miss Podsnap.