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captive audience

1. An audience (of a speech, performance, lecture, etc.) that is prevented from leaving and is therefore obligated to listen. Our boss made attendance at the panel discussion mandatory, thus ensuring a captive audience.
2. An audience that is enraptured by and gives the entirety of its attention to a speaker or performance. The key to maintaining a captive audience is to make sure your speech appeals to everyone present.

captive audience

Listeners or onlookers who have no choice but to attend. For example, It's a required course and, knowing he has a captive audience, the professor rambles on endlessly . This expression, first recorded in 1902, uses captive in the sense of "unable to escape."
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The women screamed with triumph, for they thought the nerves of the captive had at length failed him.
In the mean time Le Balafre moved with a slow and painful step towards the captives.
Luscinda and Zoraida took their places next her, opposite to them were Don Fernando and Cardenio, and next the captive and the other gentlemen, and by the side of the ladies, the curate and the barber.
Mohammed Beyd is your only hope," and with this assertion to provide the captive with food for thought, the Arab spurred forward toward the head of the column.
On the march a separate tent had been provided for the captive, and at night it was pitched between those of Mohammed Beyd and Werper.
But the twelve-year-old lad who stole in and cautiously stepped over the sleepers and threaded his way among the captives, did so with his heart in his mouth.
They led the captives into a house at the farthest side of the cave--a house somewhat wider than the others.
The Scoodlers led the captives away and shut them up in one of the houses, leaving only a single Scoodler to keep guard.
The captives sat in a sorrowful group at the other end of the room--except Polychrome, who danced back and forth in the little place to keep herself warm, for she felt the chill of the cave.
If a foreign-domiciled captive does not make the section 953(d) election, its premiums are subject to federal excise tax, which applies to any premiums paid to non-U.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's recent enactment of legislation into law allowing for the creation of captive insurance companies in the Garden State has not only created a new economic opportunity there but also has brought about a moment of reckoning for his neighbors to the East.
Alternative risk strategies--especially new captives, rent-a-captive and risk-sharing options--can play an important role in helping brokers open new markets, reshape their programs and provide true value-added services to clients.
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While not all of these elephants will become circus performers, all will remain captive and have their performance potential vetted.