bums on seats

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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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Penny is what I call a bums-on-seats player and that applies even more so on his home turf.
Choosing material for Orbit involves searching the dwindling catalogue of productions available to amateur companies, comparing that to the productions they have recently staged, and then cross-referencing that with bums-on-seats economics to balance the company's kitty.
When you do an interesting production like that you have to accept that it is for the good of the company rather than for commercial value and that means every other production has to be a bums-on-seats production, something like The King And I.
Plans are afoot for a football-focused Question Time-style platform at the Town Hall - and it is hoped that the panelists will include some bums-on-seats household names.
I fear that the club will lose the allegiance of the younger generations (both at home and abroad) and that the proposed new 60,000 seat stadium will be embarrassingly short of bums-on-seats.