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dress rehearsal

1. A complete rehearsal for a performance from beginning to end in which all costumes, props, scenery, lighting, etc., are used. OK, everyone, remember that we have dress rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday, and then opening night on Friday!
2. That which acts as a practice session, test, or exercise for something else, especially that which is seen as more difficult, serious, or important. Many are seeing the current global crisis as a dress rehearsal for a much larger catastrophe that may be looming in the future. Her time as governor was but a dress rehearsal for her bid to become the president.
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in rehearsal

1. In the act of rehearsing for something, typically a performance of some kind (such as a play). The director is in rehearsal right now, but I can give him a message.
2. Being developed through rehearsals, as of a performance that is not yet ready to be performed for an audience. That play has been in rehearsal for months and months—will it ever be seen by an audience?
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in rehearsal

a stage of development in the production of a play, opera, or concert, involving many rehearsals. The play is in rehearsal now and will open next month. While the opera was still in rehearsal, the star developed a hatred for the director.
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'That and the worry of rehearsals. I expect a doctor could give the technical name for it.
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She said rehearsal continued for almost 45 minutes.
RAWALPINDI -- City Traffic Police finalised arrangements under a comprehensive traffic plan for full-dress rehearsal in connection with the Pakistan Day parade, said a spokesman on Monday.
A full-dress rehearsal of the security arrangements of Pakistan Super League (PSL)-season 4 matches was held in Karachi on Sunday.
The rehearsal may affect the air traffic and disrupt around 1,000 flights, airport sources revealed on Thursday.
In the current study, a rehearsal series with a collegiate ensemble provided an opportunity to explore the development of democratic practice in the large group setting.
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The ministry said based on preliminary report, the incident happened while students at the school were having a rehearsal for the sports' day parade at the school field.
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HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, Qatar Armed Forces Chief of Staff Air Marshal Ghanem bin Shaheen al-Ghanem and other dignitaries witnessed a rehearsal of the Qatar National Day parade yesterday on Doha Corniche.
Some of the older cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.