set piece
noun Date: 1834 1. a. a composition (as in literature, art, or music) executed in a fixed or ideal form often with studied artistry and brilliant effect b. a scene, depiction, speech, or event that is obviously designed to have an imposing effect 2. a realistic piece of stage scenery standing by itself 3. a precisely planned and conducted military operation <
an offensive set piece that caught the enemy off guard
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set-piece adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • set piece — noun (C) part of a play, piece of music, painting etc that follows a well known formal pattern or style, and is often very impressive: The trial scene at the end of the play is a classic set piece …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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