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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.
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That answer drew mostly boos and hisses from the student body.
Mr Stoker joined in the laughter, but as it appeared that the majority of the children were too shy to take up the judge's offer, only one or two nervous hisses were sent in his direction.
Hisses were heard from the Labour benches when he presented the petition yesterday.
The enhanced CD Spin Doctor allows a user to clean up the pops, hisses and scratches while recording from LP to CD.
As an on-screen policeman busted two teenagers smoking marijuana, the crowd erupted in boos and hisses.
In a recent study, the duo paired people who had special needs with a robotic cat that purrs, hisses, and wags its tail in response to human touch.
Wenger never hisses, he responds to questioning in a considered, articulate and educated manner.
He playfully traps a cockroach in his mouth, feigns fear with exaggerated expressions and hisses back at the big, brown insects that number in the 200s.