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stage fright

An intense fear or anxiety from or about standing in front of a large group of people to give a performance or speech. I've always wanted to be a musician, but my stage fright always kept me from pursuing it seriously. They want me to give a speech after I accept the award. I just hope I don't get stage fright once I'm up there!
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stage fright

Acute nervousness when performing or speaking before an audience, as in When John first had to present his findings to the board of directors, stage fright made him stutter . [Second half of 1800s]
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MacEwan's words, “if you have any fear about sharing your ideas, talents or skills with other people to the extent that it hampers your enjoyment of doing it, or even prevents you altogether, then you have stage fright. Regardless of whether there is an actual stage or formal audience involved, stage fright could be seriously limiting your personal and professional success.”
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