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(as) bald as a cue ball

Totally bald. Likened to the smooth, shiny white ball used in cue sports like pool or snooker. My father had long hair as a teen, but now he's as bald as a cue ball. The medicine they gave me to treat the disease left me bald as a cue ball! If you take after my side of the family, you'll be as bald as a cue ball by 45.
See also: bald, ball, cue

(right) on cue

At exactly the most (or least) opportune moment, as if on purpose. We had just been talking about the awful new company initiative when, on cue, the CEO walked into the room. I was complaining to my wife that none of my friends had asked how our recent move went, when one of them sent me a text message about it right on cue. Oh man, it was so awkward—John was telling me about how his divorce, and his wedding song began to play in the restaurant, right on cue.
See also: cue, on

cue ball

slang A person who is completely bald. Likened to the smooth, shiny, white ball used in cue sports like pool or snooker. My father had long hair as a teen, but now he's a total cue ball. The medicine they gave me to treat the disease turned me into a cue ball!
See also: ball, cue

cue in

1. To signal one to begin to do something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cue" and "in." And then I'll cue in the sopranos for the harmony. Once the director cued me in, I stepped on stage.
2. To give one information that they have missed. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cue" and "in." Don't worry, I was here from the beginning so I'll cue you in on what we talked about.
See also: cue

cue up

1. To prepare something for viewing or listening. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cue" and "up." You cue up the video, I'll get the popcorn.
2. To assemble into a line, as of people who are waiting for something. A variant spelling of "queue up." I can't believe people are cued up already—the store doesn't open for another 12 hours!
See also: cue, up

jump the queue

Primarily heard in UK.
1. To move in front of people who have been waiting in a line for something (rather than standing behind the last person, as is customary). Hey, don't jump the queue! Get behind the rest of us! I wanted to shout at the man for jumping the queue, but I was too embarrassed about making a scene.
2. To do something before it is one's turn. There has been public outrage after it came to light that some people had been jumping the queue for surgery appointments because they had a friend or relative working at the hospital.
See also: jump, queue

take a/(one's) cue from (someone or something)

To model one's actions based on the example or influence of someone or something else. The director definitely took a cue from his favorite film when framing that scene. Take a cue from your kids and learn how to enjoy the little things.
See also: cue, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cue someone in

1. Lit. to give someone a cue; to indicate to someone that the time has come. Now, cue the orchestra director in. All right, cue in the announcer.
2. Fig. to tell someone what is going on. (Almost the same as clue someone in (on something).) I want to know what's going on. Cue me in. Cue in the general about the troop movement.
See also: cue

take one's cue from someone

to use someone else's behavior or reactions as a guide to one's own. (From the theatrical cue as a signal to speak, etc.) If you don't know which spoons to use at the dinner, just take your cue from John. The other children took their cue from Tommy and ignored the new boy.
See also: cue, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cue in

Give information or instructions, for example, She said she'd cue us in on their summer plans. This verbal use of the noun cue in the sense of "guiding suggestion" dates from the 1920s.
See also: cue

take one's cue from

Follow the lead of another, as in I'm not sure what to bring, so I'll take my cue from you. This expression, first recorded in 1622, alludes to the cue giving an actor a signal to speak.
See also: cue, take
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

take your cue from someone

COMMON If you take your cue from someone, you behave in the same way as them. Taking his cue from his companion, he apologized for his earlier display of temper. Everybody working for you will take their cue from you.
See also: cue, someone, take
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

on cue

at the correct moment.
See also: cue, on

take your cue from

follow the example or advice of.
Cue in both of these idioms is used in the theatrical sense of ‘the word or words that signal when another actor should speak or perform a particular action’.
See also: cue, take

jump the queue

1 push into a queue of people in order to be served or dealt with before your turn. 2 take unfair precedence over others.
The US version of this expression is jump in line .
See also: jump, queue
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

(right) on ˈcue

just at the appropriate moment: The bell sounded for the beginning of the lesson, and, right on cue, the teacher walked in.
See also: cue, on

take your ˈcue from somebody

be influenced in your actions by what somebody else has done: In designing the car, we took our cue from other designers who aimed to combine low cost with low petrol consumption.
See also: cue, somebody, take

jump the ˈqueue

(British English) (American English jump the ˈline, cut in ˈline) go to the front of a line of people without waiting for your turn: I get very angry with people who jump the queue. ▶ ˈqueue-jumping (British English) (American English ˈline-jumping less frequent) noun: This practice encourages queue-jumping for medical services.
See also: jump, queue
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

cue in

1. To give a signal to someone at a specified time, especially a signal to begin: The conductor cued in each section of the choir one by one. Cue me in when it's time to say my lines.
2. To give information or instructions to someone, such as a latecomer: I cued in my coworker about the items that we discussed at the beginning of the meeting. She cued me in to what happened in the first five minutes of the movie.
See also: cue

cue up

1. To position an audio or video recording in readiness for playing: The DJ cued up the next record on the turntable as the song came to an end. I wanted to show scenes from the film during my presentation, so I cued them up ahead of time.
2. To form or get into a waiting line; queue up: The customers cued up for tickets long before the box office was open.
See also: cue, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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When [s.sub.a] is detecting the target, if [d.sub.a](T+1) > [d.sub.a](T) and [d.sub.a] (T) > 0.7r, [s.sub.a] will produce the need of cueing, and then it will cue other sensors to take over the detecting task.
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