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a good voice to beg bacon

Used to mock someone's voice as being strange, unpleasant, or inadequate (e.g., for singing). Bacon, being a dietary staple in older times, was often used as a metaphor for financial stability or wealth; having the voice of one who must "beg bacon," then, means having a harsh voice, like someone who is undernourished. Did you hear the way that singer was screeching last night? I'm glad we didn't stay too long, he had a good voice to beg bacon.
See also: bacon, beg, good, voice

have a voice (in something)

To have an active and participatory role in making or influencing a decision about something. The best thing about working for a smaller company is that it finally feels like everyone has a voice in how it should operate. You've decided to move the family to Alaska for a new job? Don't I have a voice in the matter? We're all equals here, so everyone should have a voice.
See also: have, voice

get a voice (in something)

To have or attain an active and participatory role in making or influencing a decision about something. The best thing about working for a smaller company is that it finally feels like everyone gets a voice in how it should operate. You've decided to move the family to Alaska for a new job? Don't I get a voice in the matter? We're all equals here, so everyone should get a voice.
See also: get, voice

find (one's) voice

1. To find one's distinctive style or vision of artistic expression. I think this is your best story yet, Betsy—you've really found your voice as a writer. It takes time to find your voice, but I'm confident you'll get there by the end of our photography class.
2. To regain the ability to speak, especially after something frightening or startling has happened. It took him a minute, but Pete found his voice again after we startled him at his surprise party.
See also: find, voice

like the sound of (one's) own voice

To enjoy hearing oneself talk because one is pompous and/or self-centered. Boy, he really likes the sound of his own voice—I didn't think he would ever stop talking! I know you like the sound of your own voice, but can I please say something now?
See also: like, of, sound, voice

at the top of one's voice

 and at the top of one's lungs
Fig. very loudly. Bill called to Mary at the top of his voice. How can I drive safely when you're all screaming at the top of your lungs?
See also: of, top, voice

give voice to something

Fig. to express a feeling or an opinion in words; to speak out about something. The bird gave voice to its joy in the golden sunshine. The protestors gave voice to their anger at Congress.
See also: give, voice

(It's) good to hear your voice.

a polite phrase said upon beginning or ending a telephone conversation. Bob: Hello? Bill: Hello, it's Bill. Bob: Hello, Bill. It's good to hear your voice. Bill: Hello, Tom. This is Bill. Tom: Hi, Bill. It's good to hear your voice. What's cooking?
See also: good, hear, voice

lower one's voice

Fig. to speak more softly. Please lower your voice or you'll disturb the people who are working. He wouldn't lower his voice, so everyone heard what he said.
See also: lower, voice

raise one's voice against someone or something

Fig. to speak out loudly or angrily against someone or something; to complain about someone or something. Tony was very polite and did not raise his voice against Roger. I was too timid to raise my voice against the injustices of the day.
See also: raise, voice

raise one's voice (to someone)

Fig. to speak loudly or shout at someone in anger. Don't you dare raise your voice to me! I'm sorry. I didn't mean to raise my voice.
See also: raise, voice

talk to hear one's own voice

Fig. to talk far more than is necessary; to talk much, in an egotistical manner. Oh, he's just talking to hear his own voice. Am I just talking to hear my own voice, or are you listening to me?
See also: hear, talk, voice

throw one's voice

to project one's voice so that it seems to be coming from some other place. The ventriloquist threw his voice. Jane can throw her voice, so I thought she was standing behind me.
See also: throw, voice

*voice (in something)

 and *say (in something)
Fig. a part in making a decision. (*Typically: get ~; have ~;give someone ~.) I'd like to have a voice in choosing the carpet. John wanted to have a say in the issue also. He says he seldom gets a say.

a (lone) voice in the wilderness

also a voice (crying) in the wilderness
someone who expresses an idea or opinion that is not popular For many years, she was a lone voice in the wilderness who wrote about the need for better urban planning.
See also: voice, wilderness

speak with one voice

to express the same opinion It is a very rare event when my family speaks with one voice about anything.
Usage notes: must refer to two or more people, as in the example
See also: one, speak, voice

at the top of your voice

if someone says something at the top of their voice, they say it as loudly as they can 'Stop it Nathan!' she shouted at the top of her voice.
See also: of, top, voice

a (lone) voice in the wilderness

  also a voice crying in the wilderness
if you are a voice in the wilderness, you are the only person expressing a particular opinion, although later other people understand that you were right With her passionate pleas for peace, she was a lone voice in the wilderness.
See also: voice, wilderness

at the top of one's lungs

Also, at the top of one's voice. With an extremely loud voice. For example, The babies in the nursery all were crying at the top of their lungs. The noun top here refers to the greatest degree of volume (that is, loudest) rather than high pitch, a usage dating from the mid-1500s.
See also: lung, of, top

give voice to

Say or express, especially an opinion or feeling. For example, The faculty gave voice to their anger over the dean's tenure decisions. This term once meant "to vote." Its present sense dates from the mid-1800s.
See also: give, voice

have a say in

1. Also, have a voice in. Have the right or power to influence or make a decision about something. For example, I want to have a say in this matter, or Citizens want to have a voice in their local government. [c. 1600]
2. have one's say. Express one's views, as in As soon as I've had my say I'll sit down. [Late 1600s]
3. have the say. Be in command, as in The general has the say over which troops will be sent. [Early 1800s]
See also: have, say

raise one's voice

Talk louder, either to be heard more clearly or in anger, as in You'll have to raise your voice if you expect the audience to hear you, or Don't you raise your voice at me! [Late 1300s]
See also: raise, voice

still small voice

One's conscience, as in I'd love to go but a still small voice tells me I really have to stay home and work. The term comes from the Bible (I Kings 19:12), where Elijah hears his own inner voice: "And after the earthquake a fire ... and after the fire a still small voice."
See also: small, still, voice

with one voice

Unanimously, in complete agreement, as in The board rejected the proposal with one voice. [Late 1300s] For synonyms, see as one; to a man.
See also: one, voice

talk to hear one’s own voice

in. to talk far more than is necessary; to talk much, in an egotistical manner. Am I just talking to hear my own voice, or are you listening to me?
See also: hear, talk, voice

throw one’s voice

tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. Willy’s in the john throwing his voice.
See also: throw, voice

at the top of (one's) voice

As loudly as one's voice will allow.
See also: of, top, voice

with one voice

In complete agreement; unanimously.
See also: one, voice
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