hip bath

Definition

Theater

  • The booming words used by the British actor Sir C. Aubrey Smith(1863 - 1948) to clear his throat before making his stage entrance.Audiences were often puzzled to hear the resonant voice offstage calling"Hip bath, hip bath, hip bath!"

    Smith was also a fanatical golfer who would practise shortapproach shots in the wings with a club and paper ball. Once, duringa performance, he chipped his paper ball through a window into theset.

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