exit stage left


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exit stage left

1. noun A timely and inconspicuous exit or departure, done so as not to make a scene or attract attention to oneself. An allusion to stage directions in theater, indicating when (and where) an actor should leave the stage from a scene. When the rally was interrupted by protesters, the senatorial candidate made a quick exit stage left to avoid undue media attention.
2. verb To leave in a timely and inconspicuous manner, so as not to make a scene or attract attention to oneself. (Sometimes used as an imperative.) The CEO decided to exit stage left from the company before his embezzlements became too noticeable. I suggest you exit stage left before I lose my temper.
See also: exit, left, stage
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However, he's only got three points to show for his efforts to date although that should read five by the time he and Simon Whitlock exit stage left this evening.
EXIT STAGE LEFT Ugly sisters Steve Arnott and Phil Corbitt from the cast of Cinderella at the Theatre Royal give a send-off to the Saharan trekkers.
Add in Peter Hain's attack on Bush's foreign policy, the prisons debacle and Blair facing both ways on the new US plan for more fighting in Iraq - he supports Bush's push AND the US all-party group that recommended the opposite - and it is time to exit stage left.
This is why it concerns some politicians, theatre-goers, schools and communities that the Scottish Arts Council plan to whip funding from under the feet of 7:84 in August, leaving them with no option but to exit stage left.
Even Rooney's lunge which gashed Terry's ankle could not disrupt Chelsea's rhythm and was never going to see Captain Courageous exit stage left.
Little did they know that just over a year later, the fivesome would exit stage left never to return.
Many critics fear that to create a monolithic national company will inevitably lead to a bland and monotonous programme of drama, where innovation will get the bum's rush, and where smaller companies will simply exit stage left.
In between, Rodney Harmon, Wally Masur, Bill Scanlon and John Sadri were all sent packing - banished like bit-part actors whose final cue was to exit stage left, very quickly.
Whether he can hold himself together as he, his dancing feet and his sensational side-step exit stage left.
Like when you're leaving a roundabout he'll shout: "Take the next exit stage left, darling.
3 Moving Pictures and Exit Stage Left were 1981 UK Top Ten albums for which Canadian rock band?
You can't have helped but watch the Dennis The Menace from Wimbledon, but all my interest has gone from the serve-and-volley merchants after the exit stage left of Maria Sharapova.
Exit stage left and find out who the other fiery and fabulous four guardians are in this months issue.
Those Three Stooges of Scottish football can all exit stage left with no applause for an encore.
After a long and enjoyable night, we were about to exit stage left when I noticed some figures disappearing behind a huge mirror.