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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Quickly," she demanded in a stage whisper, beckoning with her open hand, before rushing to the waiting Vauxhall Astra and opening the jaw of its boot.
The other morning the Byreman and I were frolicking with the females in our flirtation tank (the Cornhill Shop, if you must know), and a rollicking, noisy old time we were having when an unintentional stage whisper from the direction of the bacon slicer halted the merriment.
But her idea of speaking softly was more like a Shakespearean stage whisper designed to reach the punters in the gods.
Much "tittle- tattle" would be exchanged about other people within the locality which we could hear clearly if we were in our garden because they usually spoke in a stage whisper.
She's stuck," hissed Carol in a stage whisper that alerted the wine waiter.
His cigarette smoke clouds the air as he rasps in an over-the-top stage whisper, "Harreee Potter, I killed your father and now I'm going to kill yoouuu.
Lane pauses, then says in a stage whisper, ``Put a chef's hat on a mouse, and I'm a happy man.
Conspiratorially, in a stage whisper almost, another confession: "Good vibes, that's what I look for, more than the talent.
Jason wasn't invited," confides Emily in a stage whisper.
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 slipped silently from the room and, in a stage whisper, asked my wife: "Are you sure about the decorator?
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''.