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Old 05-10-2019, 02:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
I'm guessing this usage didn't make it to the USA, hence Americans and other non-English speakers not getting it.
It did, but it's generally used specifically for charity benefit events, not just to say that a particular performer is getting an extra cut of the box for a normal event. That's probably why some posters suggested that Mr. Kite was in some form of distress at the time. I think everyone understood that Mr. Kite was getting extra cash out of it; they were just questioning the reason.

In any event, as I posted above, the phrase carried a very specific subset of that meaning in connection with performers at the time the playbill was posted. (In fact, the practice was in use from the late 1600s to the late 1800s.)