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break the fourth wall

Of fiction, especially theater, film, or television, to break the illusion of separation between the audience and the fiction itself, either intentionally or unintentionally. Taken originally from theater, in which the fourth wall describes the invisible "wall" that stands between the audience and the stage. We were enjoying the play, but one of the actors kept breaking the fourth wall by glaring at the audience any time someone made any noise. I love shows that break the fourth wall—it makes me feel like I'm in on the joke.
See also: break, fourth, wall

the Fourth Estate

The people and organizations that report the news, or news journalism as a whole, regarded as having palpable but unofficial political influence. One must never forget the sway held by members of the Fourth Estate—if we want public support, then we need the press on our side.
See also: estate, fourth

fourth wall joke

In fiction, especially theater, film, or television, a joke that intentionally draws attention to the illusion of separation between the audience and the fiction itself. I love it when a TV show throws in a good fourth wall joke—I think it's fun being in on the humor like that.
See also: fourth, joke, wall

fourth wall

The imaginary barrier separating performers in a TV show, film, or play from the audience. I hate those shows that break the fourth wall—I don't want to feel like the characters are having a conversation with me! Stay in character and don't break the fourth wall!
See also: fourth, wall

venture forth

1. To move forward, especially in a courageous but cautious or wary manner. The explorers ventured forth, hoping to find the remains of the ancient civilization in the dense jungle. Before we venture forth, I suggest we all check that we have adequate supplies.
2. To proceed with some action or undertaking despite potential obstacles or dangers. Now that you have completed your degrees, you are all ready to venture forth into the world and truly begin the rest of your lives!
See also: forth, venture

venture forth

 
1. Fig. to set out; to go forward; to go out cautiously. George ventured forth into the night. I think I will venture forth. It looks safe.
2. Fig. to go forth bravely. Let us venture forth and conquer the enemy. We will arm ourselves and venture forth against our foe.
See also: forth, venture

the fourth estate

the press; the profession of journalism.
The three traditional Estates of the Realm (the Crown, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons) are now viewed as having been joined by the press, which is regarded as having equal power. As early as 1843 Lord Macaulay stated: ‘The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm’.
See also: estate, fourth

venture forth

v.
To proceed despite possible danger or risk: After the storm subsided, we ventured forth to assess the damage.
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When Hoffa subsequently was prosecuted for bribing members of the prior trial jury, he sought to suppress Partin' s testimony as a violation of, among other constitutional provisions, his Fourth Amendment rights.
Although the Court declined to decide whether the officer's observation constituted a "search" - an issue the Court did not have to decide because the householder was not a party to the appeal - the Court held that "any search which may have occurred did not violate their [the defendants'] Fourth Amendment rights" (emphasis added).
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the fourth quarter sales were equivalent to an annual rate of 5,150 units, which was about par for the whole year, although it fell considerably short of the exceptionally high adjusted rate of 7,610 units of the prior quarter.
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