hold the stage

hold the stage

To be the dominant subject of attention in a particular arena. The phrase can be used both figuratively and literally, as when referring to a performance on an actual stage. Climate change currently holds the stage in global politics. The brilliant actress holds the stage with sublime confidence and skill.
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hold the stage

dominate a scene of action or forum of debate.
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That the lady could hold the stage has never been in question.
He has proved to everyone he is a true star in his own right and he can certainly hold the stage on his own.
Through that experience, I learned there was a special set of skills required for a dancer to be able to hold the stage alone.
Tovar can hold the stage alone and he's got George's self-absorption down, but neither he nor Reynolds' Dana seem particularly taken with each other.
In group sections and solos, King sometimes loses focus and can't hold the stage as can Rhoden, but the sensual, roiling movement in the end won the audience's approval.