captive audience

captive audience

1. An audience (of a speech, performance, lecture, etc.) that is prevented from leaving and is therefore obligated to listen. Our boss made attendance at the panel discussion mandatory, thus ensuring a captive audience.
2. An audience that is enraptured by and gives the entirety of its attention to a speaker or performance. The key to maintaining a captive audience is to make sure your speech appeals to everyone present.

captive audience

Listeners or onlookers who have no choice but to attend. For example, It's a required course and, knowing he has a captive audience, the professor rambles on endlessly . This expression, first recorded in 1902, uses captive in the sense of "unable to escape."

captive audience

An audience that cannot escape a particular presentation—a speech, play, sermon, or the like. For example, “The preacher always makes his sermon twice as long on big holidays—he knows he’s got a captive audience.” This phrase originated in the United States about 1900.
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Because of its captive audience this store benefits from higher margins, lower labor cost, no discounts or coupons.
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And the Supreme Court has found that even student-initiated prayers at school events are coercive to a captive audience and therefore unconstitutional.
His captive audience were more than his captive audience were more than happy to accept an invite to "take things up a notch" especially when the clock was wound back to 2010 and the chart topper's breakthrough hit Won't Go Quietly and more recent single Kids Again, with its 'oh oh ohs' echoing around the building.
Susan Crawford, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013, 360 pp., $19.99 (hardcover).
Irwin said: "When I was a kid, we had four TV channels and a captive audience.
Despite being offered as a freebie, one CTO employee welcomed the urinal advert, suggesting that the "captive audience" might have worked in Cyprus' favour.
As the general public we might be a captive audience, but we are a bitter and resentful captive audience.
That old slogan 'it pays to advertise' sprang to mind when Captive Audience made a successful first appearance for rising star Rebecca Curtis in the maiden hurdle and impressed Geraghty to such an extent that he suggested a challenge at the Punchestown festival.
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The aim is clear - make more money from a captive audience.
CAPTIVE AUDIENCE: Bifo the sealion takes a closer look at poet Kevin McCann with keeper Ellie Sherlock Picture: GEOFF ROBERTS; TOGETHER: Bifo with Kevin and Ellie
"The idea is based on the concept that there is no more captive audience than a guy standing at a urinal," he says.
-- SignStorey, Inc., a provider of digital media networks to the grocery industry, last week acquired Newton, N.J.-based Captive Audience, LLC, which provides digital media services in the deli departments of ShopRite and Big Y stores in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
Brian Banaszynski, vice president of Advance Realty Group, added, "Through the program, retailers have multiple sales opportunities before, during and after stadium events to a captive audience coming through and departing from Harrison MetroCentre and Red Bull Park.