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a big noise

An important, successful, or influential person. Did you hear that Kelly got promoted to senior analyst? She's a big noise now.
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noise something about

 and noise something abroad; noise something around
to spread around a secret; to gossip something around. Now don't noise it about, but I am going to Houston next week to see my girl. Please don't noise this abroad. Stop noising that gossip around.
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make noises about something

to talk generally about something that you might do Recently they have made noises about wanting to do a TV series together.
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a big gun/noise

an important or powerful person in a group or organization She's a big gun in city politics.
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Empty vessels make (the) most noise/sound.

something that you say which means that people who talk a lot and frequently express their opinions are often stupid David talks as if he's an expert on everything, but empty vessels make most noise.
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make a noise about something

to complain a lot about something If you don't make a noise about things, nothing gets changed.
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make noises

to talk about something that you might do, but not in a detailed or certain way She's been making noises about going back to college.
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make (all) the right noises

to seem to be enthusiastic about something I think she liked my presentation. She certainly made all the right noises.
See also: make, noise, right

big noise

1. n. an important person. If you’re such a big noise, why don’t you get this line moving?
2. n. the important current news; the current scandal. There’s a big noise up on Capitol Hill. Something about budget cuts.
See also: big, noise


1. n. empty talk; nonsense. I’ve had enough of your noise. Shut up!
2. n. heroin. (Drugs.) Man, I need some noise now! I hurt!
References in classic literature ?
There was a pattering noise and an old woman rat poked her head round a rafter.
Outside the tent she again heard the noise that had distracted Rokoff's attention.
After a time, White Fang heard strange noises approaching.
As I approached nearer and nearer they frequently made their peculiar noise, which is a low abrupt grunt, not having much actual sound, but rather arising from the sudden expulsion of air: the only noise I know at all like it, is the first hoarse bark of a large dog.
Thus fearful alike, of those within the prison and of those without; of noise and silence; light and darkness; of being released, and being left there to die; he was so tortured and tormented, that nothing man has ever done to man in the horrible caprice of power and cruelty, exceeds his self-inflicted punishment.
She thought that as she sat thus, musing upon the question whether life was not for some people a rather dull invention, she was frightened by a sudden noise behind her.
That makes no noise, and is quite as certain, and more genteel.
Every time I dropped off for the moment, a new noise woke me.
The tremendous sea itself, when I could find sufficient pause to look at it, in the agitation of the blinding wind, the flying stones and sand, and the awful noise, confounded me.
But the Doctor asked him not to make so much noise about it; and when he had closed his medicine-bag in a hurry he told him to open the prison-door.
The advice seemed good to Don Quixote, and, he leading Rocinante by the bridle and Sancho the ass by the halter, after he had packed away upon him the remains of the supper, they advanced the meadow feeling their way, for the darkness of the night made it impossible to see anything; but they had not gone two hundred paces when a loud noise of water, as if falling from great rocks, struck their ears.
I opened my door carefully; and even then, as it turned on its hinges, it seemed to me to make a dreadful noise.
So many loathsome animals inhabited the prison, that their noise did not, in general, awake him; but whether abstinence had quickened his faculties, or whether the noise was really louder than usual, Edmond raised his head and listened.
Toward midnight Charles heard a great noise beneath his window.
The words, "Oh, nonsense," never passed my lips, because I could not cheat myself into denying that there had been a noise; and that the noise was in the fencing-room.