Word forms: stage-manages
verb If someone stage-manages an event, they carefully organize and control it, rather than letting it happen in a natural way. [disapproval] [V n] ⇒ Some radicals may oppose him in protest at the attempt of his supporters to stage-manage the congress. [V n] ⇒ Today's council sessions have been carefully stage-managed to avoid embarrassing disclosures or signs of internal dissent. [V-ed] ⇒ ...a stage-managed demonstration.
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