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tread the boards

To be a stage actor; to act in a stage play. I've been treading the boards for nearly 30 years, and while I haven't grown rich from it, I've always loved it. He always yearned to tread the boards on Broadway.
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tread the boards

Act on the stage, as in Her main ambition was to tread the boards in a big city. This idiom uses boards in the sense of "a theatrical stage," a usage dating from the mid-1700s. It dates from the mid-1800s but was preceded by the idiom tread the stage, first recorded in 1691.
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tread (or walk) the boards

appear on stage as an actor. informal
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ˌtread the ˈboards

(humorous) be an actor: He has recently been treading the boards in a new play at the National.
The boards refers to the stage of a theatre.
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tread the boards

To act on the stage: "We who tread the boards are not the only players of parts in this world" (John Fowles).
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She's already proudly seen her children follow in her footsteps, with son Richard on the Street as troubled teen Craig and daughter Emily treading the boards.
Retired accountant Margaret Boschi, 73, has been treading the boards since a child, performing in draughty village halls to scant audiences.
Robert has been treading the boards for 20 years and, after being plucked from the theatre, his album, After A Dream, was recorded in just two days last summer.
Pupils from a Darlington School have been treading the boards to a full house.
# TREADING THE BOARDS Pupils from Llanedeyrn High School in Oliver.
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A THEATRE group will be treading the boards at Solihull Arts Complex for a family favourite show.
Retired accountant and mother-of-three Margaret Boschi, 73, has been treading the boards since she was eight.
CELEBRITY cook Delia Smith has revealed she once wanted to be an actress treading the boards of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Before treading the boards, cast members Gemma Craven, James Hornby, Jackie Lyle and Robert Hudson appeared in full costume at The Boathouse in Durham.
"Theatre's something she's interested in and she could well be treading the boards in the near future."
Gillian -who has been treading the boards on the west end stage -was voted the world's most fanciable woman during her days as alien-chasing Dana Scully.
The Merthyr Tydfil teenager will be treading the boards at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, in their stage adaptation of Kes, the story of a Yorkshire boy who trains a kestrel in a bid to escape the monotony of working class life.
Talented young actors are treading the boards in celebration of the Bard.
Members of the youth section of the long established Nuneaton Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society will be treading the boards of Bedworth Civic Hall next month.