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    Meaning of a figure of speech wanted

    What does the figure of speech "in the wings" mean and how does this meaning come about?

    The context where I found it is a qoute by actor Harvey Keitel: "You either learn to overcome your fear or spend your life in the wings."

    Thanks.

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    Re: Meaning of a figure of speech wanted

    If you are waiting to go on stage, you are in the wings, so it means that you're not actually performing, just waiting to do so.

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