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(right) on cue

At exactly the most (or least) opportune moment, as if on purpose. We had just been talking about the awful new company initiative when, on cue, the CEO walked into the room. I was complaining to my wife that none of my friends had asked how our recent move when, when one of them sent me a text message about it right on cue.
See also: cue, on

cue in

1. To signal one to begin to doing something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cue" and "in." And then I'll cue in the sopranos for the harmony. Once the director cued me in, I stepped on stage.
2. To give one information that they have missed. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cue" and "in." Don't worry, I was here from the beginning so I'll cue you in on what we talked about.
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jump the queue

To go ahead of someone or multiple people who have been waiting before one. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I wanted to shout at the man for jumping the queue, but I was too embarrassed about making a scene. There has been public outrage after it came to light that some people had been jumping the queue for surgery appointments because they had a friend or relative working at their hospital.
See also: jump, queue

take a/(one's) cue from (someone or something)

To choose one's actions in response to someone or something else. Just take your cue from the cat as he adjusts to his new home, and try not to smother him. I take my cue from my boss in serious matters like this.
See also: cue, take

cue someone in

1. Lit. to give someone a cue; to indicate to someone that the time has come. Now, cue the orchestra director in. All right, cue in the announcer.
2. Fig. to tell someone what is going on. (Almost the same as clue someone in (on something).) I want to know what's going on. Cue me in. Cue in the general about the troop movement.
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take one's cue from someone

to use someone else's behavior or reactions as a guide to one's own. (From the theatrical cue as a signal to speak, etc.) If you don't know which spoons to use at the dinner, just take your cue from John. The other children took their cue from Tommy and ignored the new boy.
See also: cue, take

cue in

Give information or instructions, for example, She said she'd cue us in on their summer plans. This verbal use of the noun cue in the sense of "guiding suggestion" dates from the 1920s.
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take one's cue from

Follow the lead of another, as in I'm not sure what to bring, so I'll take my cue from you. This expression, first recorded in 1622, alludes to the cue giving an actor a signal to speak.
See also: cue, take

take your cue from someone

COMMON If you take your cue from someone, you behave in the same way as them. Taking his cue from his companion, he apologized for his earlier display of temper. Everybody working for you will take their cue from you.
See also: cue, take

on cue

at the correct moment.
See also: cue, on

take your cue from

follow the example or advice of.
Cue in both of these idioms is used in the theatrical sense of ‘the word or words that signal when another actor should speak or perform a particular action’.
See also: cue, take

jump the queue

1 push into a queue of people in order to be served or dealt with before your turn. 2 take unfair precedence over others.
The US version of this expression is jump in line .
See also: jump, queue

(right) on ˈcue

just at the appropriate moment: The bell sounded for the beginning of the lesson, and, right on cue, the teacher walked in.
See also: cue, on

take your ˈcue from somebody

be influenced in your actions by what somebody else has done: In designing the car, we took our cue from other designers who aimed to combine low cost with low petrol consumption.
See also: cue, somebody, take

jump the ˈqueue

(British English) (American English jump the ˈline, cut in ˈline) go to the front of a line of people without waiting for your turn: I get very angry with people who jump the queue. ▶ ˈqueue-jumping (British English) (American English ˈline-jumping less frequent) noun: This practice encourages queue-jumping for medical services.
See also: jump, queue

cue in

1. To give a signal to someone at a specified time, especially a signal to begin: The conductor cued in each section of the choir one by one. Cue me in when it's time to say my lines.
2. To give information or instructions to someone, such as a latecomer: I cued in my coworker about the items that we discussed at the beginning of the meeting. She cued me in to what happened in the first five minutes of the movie.
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cue up

1. To position an audio or video recording in readiness for playing: The DJ cued up the next record on the turntable as the song came to an end. I wanted to show scenes from the film during my presentation, so I cued them up ahead of time.
2. To form or get into a waiting line; queue up: The customers cued up for tickets long before the box office was open.
See also: cue, up
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About End Cue End Cue is a film production company located in Santa Monica, California.
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The smoking cessation medications bupropion and varenicline may both be associated with changes in the way the brain reacts to smoking cues, making it easier for patients to resist cravings, according to two reports that appeared in the May print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry , one of the JAMA / Archives journals.
So I'm not a buyer of that philosophy that the cue is the be-all and end-all.
Based on the distance and the chosen cue sizes (pixel), the local cues reflected a 2[degrees] visual focus (if centrally fixated); the medium cues, a 5[degrees] focus (if centrally fixated); and the global cue, a 10[degrees] focus (if centrally fixated).
A novel paradigm, virtual reality (VR) based cue reactivity has been tested successfully for nicotine (Bordnick et al.
The cue was 'S' shaped and I did well to win two matches because it's hard enough playing with a straight cue.
And it is fixed: an actor may vary the middle of his speech, but the cue is inviolable.
Future studies should focus on evaluating whether a prolonged period of cueing training increases the sizes of the effects found, to determine whether habituation occurs to the stimulus of the cue and to evaluate the falls risk over longer periods.
The tangible cues were introduced to each child, and both teacher and therapist recorded on a data sheet whether the child chose the cue appropriately.
After years of research Neil Johnson has brought to market a snooker cue which he believes could "change the face of snooker forever".
Common sense--and basic physics laws--tells Austin that when he hits the cue ball with his pool stick, the ball will roll forward.
CUE has been given more than pounds 50,000 to support business organisations in Romania in an initiative called reuniting Europe.