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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Here's your cue to ask your crush to dance or exit stage left to grab a glass of punch, powder your nose, giggle at the awkwardness .
David Nicholls was all set for a career in acting, but admits a brush with a legend sent his ambitions on an exit stage left.
Exit stage left the incalculably rich Pied Piper--leaving her minions more spiritually impoverished than ever--and you have an object lesson in how the world rewards those who advance its cause.
Dubai's desire to exit stage left could be construed as entirely rational.
Fifteen minutes before the Mass, Slattery processed up the shrine's main aisle wearing the extravagant cloak, held up in back by a young altar server; before the main altar, there was a magnificent turn to exit stage left, at which point the cappa magna stretched almost the entire width of the sanctuary in front of the main altar.
The film industry is so noisy you have to find little quiet places to keep experimenting - otherwise, exit stage left.
Light bulbs flash, and the happy couple exit stage left to rapturous applause, and no doubt a bit of rice throwing.
A far cry from Christmas cheer, a chorus of disgusted boos has followed the team over the festive period and people are now calling for Jones to exit stage left, with Sir Jack hinting strongly at it too.
The ex-president insists he would be delighted to exit stage left, provided the media relents in its ceaseless pursuit.
The conclusion of the ballet, oblivious to Tchaikovsky's passionate climax, has Siegfried die on the ground, Rothbart jump into the lake, and Odette exit stage left.
If you need a speedy extraction from the date, you just play along that your friend's locked out of her apartment, or your sister's cat just died, allowing you to quickly exit stage left and leave your loser date behind.
Please exit stage left and let the country be run and not ruined.
But in case you didn't, please know that you can exit stage left and meet me backstage.
EXIT STAGE LEFT ID boys on the show last night before planned break