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strike up the band

To cause or instruct a band to begin playing music. We were told to strike up the band the moment the newlyweds came into the restaurant for the reception. Why don't they strike up the band already? Everyone's milling around the dance floor restlessly.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

strike up the band

 
1. Lit. to cause a (dance) band to start playing. Strike up the band, maestro, so we all can dance the night away.
2. Fig. to cause something to start. Strike up the band! Let's get this show on the road.
See also: band, strike, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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