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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When it's pouring down every day, and you can hear the grass growing behind you, it's a daunting job.
The 48,000 who peered through the pouring rain really didn't have a lot to get excited about and for much of the match you could practically hear the grass growing.
I feel safe with her and she would hear the grass growing.