stage whisper


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stage whisper

A whisper loud enough to be overheard, as in Our three-year-old behaved beautifully at the ceremony, but then he asked in a stage whisper, "Why does that lady have blue hair?" This expression alludes to an actor's whisper on stage, which is meant to be heard by the audience. [Mid-1800s]
See also: stage, whisper
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I'm not trusting you until you tell me what all this is about,' said Louis in a stage whisper.
His wife gave a loud stage whisper pleading for him to stop.
he said in a stage whisper meant for the ears of a gaggle of sports scribblers.
I put a hand over the mouth-piece and, in a stage whisper, informed my wife: "He says it will take three days.
From the back of the hall was a loud stage whisper in a female voice to the effect that ``you could see that he was friend of the earth'' or somesuch, ``because he doesn't like using soap and water''.
But sometimes it's horrible when you haven't got any make-up on and you just look totally minging and they'll stage whisper things in front of you like: `She's that lesbian off the telly.
When she reported that as a student Dole had done all his homework, he said in a stage whisper, "I haven't turned it in yet "
He said during a rousing speech: "With amateurs like these, who needs pro fessionals," before turning to the cast and saying a stage whisper ".
Denis, in the world's loudest stage whisper, informed her that she was not in Malaysia but Indonesia.
Telling an audience how excited she was to be back in Malaysia, Denis, in a pantomime stage whisper, informed the Prime Minister she was not in Malaysia but Indonesia.
In a stage whisper he warned: ``The little buggers nip, you know.
On his way out, he flung the swing doors open and asked himself a question in a Brian Blessed stage whisper.
He's done it all down his trousers," said a precocious young girl, in a stage whisper, to her mother as I disengaged myself from the overweight passenger.
Voices are rarely raised above a stage whisper at Lower Peover, near Northwich, as the fruit is gently laid on scales to be weighed.
He wants to be a vicar when he grows up," said Julie in a stage whisper.