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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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Freddy Dove always covered himself with glory in this part, and "took the stage" with a Napoleonic attitude that brought down the house; for the big-headed boy, with solemn, dark eyes and square brow, was "the very moral of that rascal, Boneyparty," Mother Atkinson said.
Summary: Washington D.C [USA], Sept 2 (ANI): Australian singer Keith Urban stunned the audience at the Washington State Fair on Saturday night after he took the stage and performed a cover of Taylor Swift's new song 'Lover.'
It was a night of rib-cracking laughter as the best in Kenyan stand up comedy took the stage.
JOHNSTON CITY -- When Hunter Beasley took the stage at the Johnston City High School Homecoming Talent Show two years ago, he stunned his classmates and teachers.
Dozens of cosplayers took the stage for the Pinoy Litratista's Cosplay Competition.
"So glad to see someone so high and yet so functional," Stewart joked when the man took the stage.
The grunge-hearted and freedom-bent Gin Rum 'N Truth came and took the stage next and performed four songs ranging from album originals and a cover of Lionel Richie's 'Hello'.
Perhaps the hardesthitting shot came in a speech by Emmy presenters Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda who took the stage alongside Dolly Parton, their co-star in Nine To Five.
Young singer Carmen Soliman took the stage following the minister's speech with a collection of Arabic music covers, such as 'Ya Sahar El Layali' by Lebanese singer Fayrouz and 'Enta Omry' by late Egyptian singer Om Kalthoum, among others.
Before Sharon took the stage for the second night of her concert series at The Theatre of Solaire, daughter KC Concepcion dropped by her dressing room to introduce half-sister Garie Concepcion.
As we previously reported, it seemed as if Miley called the flame-hared singer an 'a--hole' as he took the stage to gather his award.
Germany's Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol took the stage victory from FDJ's Nacer Bouhanni with Ireland's Sam Bennett of the NetApp-Endura team coming home third.
Cavendish - who had crashed 34 kilometres from the finish of the stage - appeared to pull up just before the line, knowing he was beaten as Greipel took the stage win from Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel.
Lithuanian Gediminas Bagdonas took the stage honours yesterday, with Wales' Geraint Thomas in 10th, to be in 12th place overall.
Veteran South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela took the stage with Grazing in the Grass, a No1 international hit in 1968.