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curtain raiser

1. A short play or skit that precedes the main performance. I have always wanted to be a stage actor, but I've only been cast in a few tiny curtain raisers so far, playing to mostly empty theaters.
2. By extension, any event or performance that precedes the main attraction. Some local singer performed a few songs as a curtain raiser, but no one really paid him much attention until he finally announced the band was about to come on stage. The curtain-raiser match between the two university teams proved far more exciting than the professional football match that everyone had paid to see.
See also: curtain, raiser

curtain raiser

Preliminary event, as in This limited attack on the chairman is just a curtain raiser for the concerted effort to oust him . This term literally refers to a short play or skit presented before the main theatrical production. It began to be transferred to other preliminaries about 1940.
See also: curtain, raiser


and hell raiser
n. a rowdy person; a hell-raising person. (Use caution with hell.) Jimmy is turning out to be a real hell raiser. A bunch of hell raisers kept me up late last night.

hell raiser

See heller
See also: hell, raiser
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Finally, Jubilee comes as a message of hope for both the Church and the world, which too often are "captives to forces of domination, competitiveness and exclusiveness," Raiser concluded.
Raiser said that he was "shocked and deeply saddened" at the destruction that he had seen in the city of Kaduna and its outskirts both in Christian and Muslim communities.
I'm not convinced forming another body will take us much further," Dr Raiser said.
The BAR, an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA), said goat raisers could improve their herd's breed through natural breeding by using artificial insemination (AI).
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Charitable fund raisers who deliberately misrepresent the actual amounts of money that will go to the beneficiaries may be prosecuted for consumer fraud.
Therefore, to make informed decisions about donating their vehicles, taxpayers should be aware of how vehicle donation programs operate, the role of fund- raisers and charities in the vehicle donation process, and IRS rules and regulations regarding allowable tax deductions.
A total of 270 parent stock gilts and 20 parent stock boars were distributed to 31 hog raisers associations in the province, and some local government units (LGUs).