you could hear the grass grow(ing)

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you could hear the grass grow(ing)

It is so still or quiet that one would be able to hear even the tiniest, imperceptible sounds. I reckon you could hear the grass growing in the awkward silence that followed that dreadful performance.
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When it's pouring down every day, and you can hear the grass growing behind you, it's a daunting job." Coun George Ferguson of Hencotes ward told the delegates: "We represent the council taxpayers and when they see you making a mess of it they don't see it as value for money.