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deafening silence

A conspicuous and striking lack of noise or sound. Jim's proposal was met with deafening silence at the meeting. After living in the city all my life, I can't stand the deafening silence of the countryside.
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deafening silence

A silence or lack of response that reveals something significant, such as disapproval or a lack of enthusiasm.
See also: silence
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Locals are increasingly using the outdoor cafe to meet out of-town vacationers they wooed online, Rather than set up that first connection late at night in a deafening, smoke-filled bar, many gay men are turning to the more relaxed, more personal atmosphere of the coffeehouse.
What Fish Enjoy has a series of endings, all accompanied by a combination of Bach and deafening sound.
Because there was no soundproofing, Rutan and Yeager also had to put up with a constant, deafening roar from the plane's engines.
The excitement surrounding the potential of nanotechnology is almost deafening," said Jeff Crowe, venture partner, Norwest Venture Partners.
There were deafening screams for Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan.
But it wasn't long before band was at full throttle, and when the song was over, the applause was deafening.
When a visitor steps on the pedal, a deafening slice of a musician covering Jimi Hendrix's ravishing, enraged Star Spangled Banner pours from the amp; step off the pedal and the anthem ceases.
The current silence on homosexuality is nearly deafening, and, some say, commerciality is the cause.
In this work of contrasts, steely calm alternates with life-saving operating room theatrics, cerebral stillness with deafening sound (the company provided packaged ear plugs; sunglasses also would have been useful), safe and minimalist movements with violent chair flinging, affectionate gesture with threatening blows, and high-speed projections juxtaposed with a perfectly calm and still dancer standing front and center--becoming part of the landscape, moving into and through it.
NOISY Steven Czoski gave short shrift to a neighbour who complained about the deafening music he was playing.
As the last athlete entered the infield, two F-18 jets flew side by side over the field, adding a deafening crescendo to the applause for the participants.
When one of the New York Post's gossip columns ran an item in late May suggesting that a major league baseball player--whom it did not name--is ready to come out, the buzz on the Internet and radio talk shows was deafening.
The silence of no basso pro fundo voice-over from Robert Hughes on Art:21--Art in the Twenty-First Century, PBS's four-episode look at twenty-one contemporary artists debuting September 21, is almost deafening.
Brown and managing director Fergus McCann were greeted with deafening jeers as they arrived for the club's AGM at Parkhead.