entrance

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gain entrance

To enter a place or location upon acquiring permission or a means of access. After getting the security guard's attention, we were able to gain entrance to the building.
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make an entrance

To appear in or enter into some place in a very dramatic, ostentatious, or conspicuous manner. The boss always makes an entrance when he arrives in the morning, making a point of getting everyone's attention in the process. Each team made an impressive entrance into the stadium, both trying to out-perform the other.
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make an entrance

to enter [a place], in some formal or special way, as onto the stage in a play or opera. She made her entrance too early and threw everyone into confusion.
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References in classic literature ?
"First to the southeast is Matuerui--no people, no entrance to the lagoon.
Anyway, neither lagoon has an entrance. Ahunui is another hundred miles on to the nor'west.
What's that noise?" asked Tom, as they approached the entrance to the cave.
As they stood in the entrance they looked out to find a fierce storm raging.
Close beside it he listened for a moment and then rapidly began to gather large rocks and pile them within the entrance. He had almost closed the aperture when the lion appeared upon the inside--a very ferocious and angry lion that pawed and clawed at the rocks and uttered mighty roars that caused the earth to tremble; but roars did not frighten Tarzan of the Apes.
He pointed at the entrance to what appeared to be a cave at the far end of the gulch.
They did not know that this awful chamber lay just before them, or it were doubtful that they would have proceeded farther; but they saw that those they sought had come this way and so they followed, but within the gloomy interior of the chamber they halted, the three chiefs urging their followers, in low whispers, to close in behind them, and there just within the entrance they stood until, their eyes becoming accustomed to the dim light, one of them pointed suddenly to the thing lying upon the floor with one foot tangled in the coverings of the dais.
And then his eyes wandered to a small entrance at one side of the great chamber.
As soon as death had thinned the jam, Garthwaite, still grasping my arm, led a rush of survivors into the wide entrance of an office building.
For the safety of our entrance upon Omean we depended largely upon the very boldness of it, believing that it would be some little time before the First Born on guard there would realize that it was an enemy and not their own returning fleet that was entering the vault of the buried sea.
Then I glanced above me along the upper edge of the entrance to which we had come, and there, to my delight, I saw an end of the gallery not a foot above my head.
She moved to the entrance of the shelter to look for Tarzan.
"I am under the impression, sir," he said, " that I saw you with my glasses from the window attempting to force an entrance into that building."
Ah, to descend, to descend into that pit of darkness every entrance to which was closed to him,...for the stairs that led below the stage were forbidden to one and all that night!
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me -- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating "'Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door -- Some late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door; -- This it is, and nothing more."