bums on seats

bums on seats

slang An audience in attendance. Primarily heard in Australia, Canada. Ticket sales are down because this team doesn't play well enough to put bums on seats.
See also: bum, on, seat

bums on seats

BRITISH, INFORMAL or

butts on seats

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If a performer or performance puts bums on seats, they attract large audiences. He's always been like that and will never change. That's why he gets bums on seats — he's a showman. They will pay the person who gets butts in seats and Julia Roberts does. Note: In British English, `bum' is an informal word for `bottom'. `Butt' is an informal American word for `bottom'.
See also: bum, on, seat

bums on seats

the audience at a theatre, cinema, or other entertainment, viewed as a source of income. informal
See also: bum, on, seat

bums on ˈseats

(British English, informal) used to refer to the number of people who attend a show, talk, etc., especially when emphasizing the need or desire to attract a large number: They’re not bothered about attracting the right audience — they just want bums on seats.
See also: bum, on, seat
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He also puts bums on seats and is a Champions League winner.
He puts bums on seats and is a former Champions League winner.
And there doesn't seem to be a catch either - just a way for the cool, Parisian-styled Belfast bar to celebrating its first birthday and, no doubt, get bums on seats.
And if you're Peter Lawwell, all that should matter is finding a manager who can manage, not one who's going to put bums on seats.
He may have put 10,000 more bums on seats but there's not a single shred of evidence to suggest he'd be good for them in any other way.
Carver told the Chronicle today: "The manager has already said that he wants players to get bums on seats at St James' Park, and that's what we're working to do.
He said: ``We want bums on seats and you don't get bums on seats if there's a problem.
But the Mexican beauty is likely to ensure there will be plenty of bums on seats when the movie hits cinemas.
Gerry Russell, Kilsyth, added: "The Celtic fans won't flock back if Mowbray's appointed because they'd rather Roy Keane put bums on seats.
AMIR KHAN puts bums on seats - and bums put him on the seat of his pants.
Kenny - artistic director at Edinburgh's Lyceum - was brought in to help bosses get more bums on seats.
TO BE "box office" in boxing, to attract bums on seats, you need to be able to put bums on the seat of their pants.