take the stage


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take the stage

1. To walk onto a stage, as to begin a performance, deliver a speech, etc. Our band took the stage to perform our new song for the audience. I've spoken in front of countless audiences, but I still get extremely nervous before I take the stage for a presentation.
2. To be or become the main or central focus. My wedding was supposed to be my special day, but my sister and her stupid boyfriend took the stage when he proposed to her at the wedding reception. I really don't want our production issues to take the stage during the investors' meeting.
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take the stage

Fig. to become the center of attention; to become the focus of everyone's attention. Later in the day, the problems in the warehouse took the stage, and we discussed them until dinnertime.
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