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Bronx cheer

A sputtering noise made by pressing the tongue and lips together, used to express either real or faux contempt, mockery, or displeasure; a raspberry. Primarily heard in US. The fans collectively gave the opposing team a Bronx cheer when their relief pitcher walked onto the field.
See also: Bronx, cheer

cheer for (someone or something)

To vocally support or encourage someone or something. Who are you cheering for in this match? The whole town came out to cheer for the high school football team in the championship game.
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cheer on

To support or encourage someone or something, often vocally. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cheer" and "on." Primarily heard in UK. I'm your mother—I'm going to cheer you on in anything you do! The whole town came out to cheer on the high school football team in the championship game.
See also: cheer, on

cheer (one) to the echo

informal To vocally support or encourage someone or something. The fans really cheered us to the echo in the championship game.
See also: cheer, echo

cheer up

1. An imperative to improve one's mood, especially when sad or discouraged. Come on, the project was not a total failure—cheer up! Cheer up, honey—tomorrow's another day.
2. verb To induce one to become happier, especially when one is sad or discouraged. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cheer" and "up." I don't know how to cheer Paul up—he's been completely miserable since he found out he didn't get that job. Grandpa could always cheer up Sarah when she was sad about something.
See also: cheer, up

cheer for someone or something

to give a shout of encouragement for someone or something. Everyone cheered for the team. I cheered for the winning goal.
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cheer someone or something on

to encourage someone or a group to continue to do well, as by cheering. We cheered them on, and they won. We cheered on the team. Sam cheered Jane on.
See also: cheer, on

cheer someone up

to make a sad person happy. When Bill was sick, Ann tried to cheer him up by reading to him. Interest rates went up, and that cheered up all the bankers.
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cheer up

[for a sad person] to become happy. After a while, she began to cheer up and smile more. Cheer up! Things could be worse.
See also: cheer, up

cheer on

Encourage, as in The crowd was cheering on all the marathon runners. Originating in the 1400s simply as cheer, this usage was augmented by on in the early 1800s.
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cheer up

Become or make happy, raise the spirits of, as in This fine weather should cheer you up. This term may also be used as an imperative, as Shakespeare did ( 2 Henry IV, 4:4): "My sovereign lord, cheer up yourself." [Late 1500s]
See also: cheer, up

a Bronx cheer

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
A Bronx cheer is a rude noise that you make by putting your lips together and blowing through them. He greeted the news with a loud Bronx cheer.
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cheer someone to the echo

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you cheer someone to the echo, you applaud them loudly for a long time. They cheered him to the echo, as they did every member of the cast.
See also: cheer, echo

cheer on

v.
To encourage someone with or as if with cheers: The spectators cheered the runners on as they passed by. I always cheer on the team that is losing.
See also: cheer, on

cheer up

v.
1. To become happier or more cheerful: I cheered up once the weather got warmer.
2. To make someone happier or more cheerful: The fine spring day cheered me up. The hospital staged a musical to cheer up the sick patients.
See also: cheer, up

Bronx cheer

(ˈbrɑŋks ˈtʃir)
n. a rude noise made with the lips; a raspberry. The little air compressor in the corner of the parking lot made a noise like a Bronx cheer.
See also: Bronx, cheer

Bronx cheer

A raucous expression of displeasure. The sarcastic reference is to how spectators at sporting events in New York City's borough of the Bronx—at Yankee Stadium, for a notable example—let players on visiting teams, and umpires too, know what was on their mind. The classic “Bronx cheer” sound was produced by compressing the lips and blowing, which replicated the sound of passing wind. That noise was earlier called a raspberry (or raspberry tart, the British rhyming slang for “fart”), from which the word “razz” came.
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Everyone gets an RSPCA branded training T-shirt and running vest (made of ultracool material); iron-on vest letters, so our cheerers can shout your name; a fundraising pack, which contains hints and tips to maximise your sponsorship and a free running training guide.
The games enjoyed a massive turnout by cheerers, many of whom commended the outstanding display of athletic ability and sportsmanship.
There will be Macmillan cheerers around the course to spur you on to the end and masseurs are available at the Half Marathon Village Stand to ease your aching muscles.
If I was a betting man, I'd put money on some of the cheerers having connections with the relieved bookmakers.
In turn, the Dole boosters were just an eddy in a tidal pool of Steve Forbes cheerers and curious that splashed across the sidewalks at 15th and Lawrence -- the entrance to a down-town Denver mall.
He just settled for the dual interpretation of the world, which according to him is divided between good and evil, between a West (that includes Israel and the Arab regimes) and an East with unknown elements, between slanderers and cheerers, resistance fighters and traitors.
Youth groups can volunteer to be huggers or cheerers, but other volunteers need to be at least 16.
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Stacey Howden, who was recently appointed head coach of the Newcastle Cheer Cats, has now entered her little cheerers into the Chronicle's Wish campaign so her girls can follow in the footsteps of their older peers by becoming highly-skilled cheerleaders battling it out to win trophies across the world.