Definition of stunt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stʌnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stʌnt//
    Making films
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  1. 1a dangerous and difficult action that somebody does to entertain people, especially as part of a film/movie He did all his own stunts. a stunt pilot a stunt flying team CollocationsCinema/​the moviesWatching go to/​take somebody to (see) a film/​movie go to/​sit in (British English) the cinema/(North American English) the (movie) theater rent a film/​movie/​DVD download/​stream a film/​movie burn/​copy/​rip a DVD see/​watch a film/​movie/​DVD/​preview/​trailerShowing show/​screen a film/​movie promote/​distribute/​review a film/​movie (British English) be on at the cinema be released on/​come out on/​be out on DVD captivate/​delight/​grip/​thrill the audience do well/​badly at the box office get a lot of/​live up to the hypeFilm-making write/​co-write a film/​movie/​script/​screenplay direct/​produce/​make/​shoot/​edit a film/​movie/​sequel make a romantic comedy/​a thriller/​an action movie do/​work on a sequel/​remake film/​shoot the opening scene/​an action sequence/​footage (of something) compose/​create/​do/​write the soundtrack cut/​edit (out) a scene/​sequenceActing have/​get/​do an audition get/​have/​play a leading/​starring/​supporting role play a character/​James Bond/​the bad guy act in/​appear in/​star in a film/​movie/​remake do/​perform/​attempt a stunt work in/​make it big in Hollywood forge/​carve/​make/​pursue a career in HollywoodDescribing films the camera pulls back/​pans over something/​zooms in (on something) the camera focuses on something/​lingers on something shoot somebody/​show somebody in extreme close-up use odd/​unusual camera angles be filmed/​shot on location/​in a studio be set/​take place in London/​in the ’60s have a happy ending/​plot twist See related entries: Making films
  2. 2(sometimes disapproving) something that is done in order to attract people’s attention a publicity stunt
  3. 3(informal) a stupid or dangerous act I've had enough of her childish stunts. Don't you ever pull a stunt like that again!
  4. Word Originnoun late 19th cent. (originally US college slang): of unknown origin.Extra examples She arranged a publicity stunt to make the public aware of the product. The actor performed all the stunts himself. They jumped off London Bridge as a publicity stunt. What do you hope to gain by pulling a stunt like that? What was the point of tonight’s little stunt? He did all his own stunts in the movie. a stunt pilot/​rider/​team
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