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hiss at someone or something

 
1. [for a reptile] to make a hissing sound as a warning. The snake hissed at me. Otherwise I wouldn't have known it was there. The lizard hissed at the snake.
2. [for someone] to make a hissing sound at someone to show disapproval. The audience hissed at the performer, who was not all that bad. They hissed at all three acts.
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hiss someone off (of the stage)

Fig. [for the audience] to hiss and drive a performer off the stage. The boys in the front row tried to hiss her off the stage. The audience, angry with the quality of the singers, tried to hiss them all off.
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hiss something out

Fig. to say something with a hissing voice, usually in anger or disgust. The disgusted manager hissed his appraisal out. He hissed out his criticism.
See also: hiss, out
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A large amount of gas escaped and there would have been a very loud, screaming noise as the gas hissed out of the fourinch main.
Leanne Smith, 18, screamed as it hissed at her and four-month-old Millie.
As he moved to bag the snake, the cobra reared, hissed, and spit at him.
About 150 residents hissed and jeered speakers with opposing viewpoints during the meeting at Los Angeles City College, where the commission had booked the room months before news of a corruption investigation broke two weeks ago.
LABOUR councillor George Duggins (Longford) was hissed by some of his own side when he presented a petition to a full meeting of Coventry City Council.
It was so aggressive and even hissed when it ran at me.
A WICKED fairy godmother from a Christmas panto was booed and hissed during a walkabout in a Staffordshire shopping centre.
Zee Asha, godmother Maultash, said: "Someone booed and hissed me because I'm a panto villain.
When moderator Edmonde Haddad asked the candidates their views on the crisis, audience members hissed and catcalled, and a woman yelled, ``Talk about the issues
And they fled when the small panther hissed at them and bared its teeth.