nervous hit

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nervous hit (plural nervous hits)

  1. (theater, idiomatic, English) A production which receives generally favorable notice, but is not assured of success.
    • Ken Mandelbaum in The Insider
      But it hardly mattered; her singing (including "My Own Best Friend" made into a solo) and performing were so strong that few quibbled, especially as she was accomplishing a valiant task by selling out a new, somewhat nervous hit while its regular star recovered.

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