(Latin, he goes out). A theatrical term placed at the
point when an actor is to leave the stage. We also say of an actor,
Exit So-and-so—that is, So-and-so leaves the stage at this
point of the drama.
He made his exit.
He left, or died: as, “He made his exit of this life in peace with
all the world.” Except in the drama, we say, “made or makes his exit.”
All the world's stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances.
Shakespeare: As You Like It, ii. 7.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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