you could hear the grass grow(ing)

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you could hear the grass grow(ing)

It is so still or quiet that one would be able to hear even the tiniest, imperceptible sounds. I reckon you could hear the grass growing in the awkward silence that followed that dreadful performance.
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I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW Paddy Jones, with the grass behind his house which he says is cut only twice a year by the council.
GOLFERS at a top club can hear the grass grow because it is shooting up so fast.