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A.Word.A.Day--fourth wall

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This week's theme: words from theater.

fourth wall (forth wol) noun

The imaginary wall between the stage and the audience.

[From the idea of a stage as a box open on one side through which the audience sees the action. The term is also used as a metaphor for the boundary between fiction and reality.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"The comedy breaks the fourth wall to include audience members in a school spelling bee populated by odd characters." Clintons Attend Broadway's 'Spelling Bee' and Get Laughs; AP (New York); Jun 1, 2007.

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