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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.
See also: an, entrance, make
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It is because Humbert is at the same time so entrancingly obsessed by his nymphet, and so rhapsodically articulate about the nature of his obsession with her, that the link between the peculiarity of the dominating emotion and the style in which it is expressed is at the same time so clearly evident and so difficult to explain.
The most inspired and most entrancingly performed segment, directed by Michael Williams and dedicated to the directors, had Guingona singing Sondheim's 'Finishing the Hat' (an apt choice!), while three pairs of women harmonized with him to different tunes: Pinky Amador and Morissette Amon ('This is the Moment' from 'Jekyll and Hyde'), Sheila Francisco and Cathy Azanza-Dy ('I Can See It' from 'The Fantasticks'), and Caisa Borromeo and Carla Guevara-Laforteza ('I Wanna Make Magic' from 'Fame').
The steel has been subtly spray painted in lovely lustrous steel hues full of depicted reflections and modulations--it's entrancingly atmospheric.
Suffice it to say Sir Harcourt believes he will be irresistibly attractive to his betrothed - despite the fact that she is the entrancingly young heiress Grace Harkaway - played with an irresistible, delight by Rae Hendrie who reveals a charming comic talent and a bewitching smile.
Another powerful cast opened the season with Un Ballo in Maschera, revived in quite old but entrancingly brocaded designs by John Conklin.
Almost an antidote to the hyperglycemia of "High School Musical," Reiss' quasi-teen-dream play actually kicks off with Delilah (entrancingly self-assured Shannon Tarbert, also making her debut) and her friends recording a number from the franchise in her bedroom.
A more pressing question: How does a vocally gifted, entrancingly pretty young actress develop a knack for entombing herself in Broadway bombs?
(One reason it isn't an outright remake of The Killer is the fear US audiences wouldn't accept such a male soulmate relationship - where holding pistols to each other's heads becomes the equivalent of dancing cheek-to-cheek.) "Pure junk," sniffed a typically disdainful reviewer, yet in the finest B-movie tradition, director Antoine Fuqua turned generic liabilities into assets; as an exercise in iconic abstraction and stylized displacement, it equaled Woo protege Patrick Leung's entrancingly blank Beyond Hypothermia (Chow's costar Mira Sorvino might be auditioning for the role of Hypothermia's cold-blooded hitwoman who falls for a noodle vendor and gets them both killed).
O'Hare ricochets entrancingly from giddy enthusiasm to God-fearing sobriety as he high-kicks his way to the scaffold as Guiteau.
2," the supremely tasty and entrancingly elegant conclusion to the filmmaker's unique serving of deep-dish cinephilia.