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(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 when, when one of them sent me a text message about it right on cue.
See also: cue, on

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.
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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

To go ahead of someone or multiple people who have been waiting before one. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I wanted to shout at the man for jumping the queue, but I was too embarrassed about making a scene. 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
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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.
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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.
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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
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cue in

v.
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.
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cue up

v.
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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In fact, it's pretty common for dogs to be unable to perform the behavior that their owners are sure they know upon hearing the verbal cue alone--for example, if the owner's back is turned to the dog when he gives his dog the verbal cue.
Experiment 2: predator (dragonfly) space use.--The predator experiment measured the spatial response of individual Anax larvae in two feeding states (recently fed or unfed for 48 h) exposed to six treatments of chemical cues. Individual Awaacwere tested because Anax can be cannibalistic, which may affect their space use and other behaviors (Anderson, 2016).
In the case of deception cues, effect sizes indicate how much difference there is in the observation of the cue between truths and lies.
Examples of visual cueing devices are laser pointer canes [6] and visual cue glasses [7].
According to the method set out by Dandeneau and Baldwin (2004) when using a dot-probe task, we selected social rejection and nonsocial negative words to represent social threat and nonsocial negative cues. First, we preselected 23 social rejection and nonsocial negative words, commonly used in everyday situations.
Wong, "Sensor management - control and cue," in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Fusion, FUSION2000, Paris, France, 2000.
"CUES intended to deceive BVS to enable CUES to obtain an immediate revenue stream without investing funds," it claimed.
Greater-than-chance accuracy by the end of the No-Cues condition suggests that pigeons learned other discriminative stimuli (e.g., location) related to the response sequence in addition to the red-light cues during the Guiding-Cues condition.
In the present study, we developed a version of the ANT that uses words of emotional valence as cues (this version is illustrated in Figure 1).
Teach them to respond to your cues for starting and halting on command, using the lead rope(s) only if necessary.
This was reflected in faster saccadic RTs under DP conditions (broken lines) as compared to SP conditions (solid lines), more so with the irrelevant cues (red lines) than with the relevant cues (blue lines).
Using a robot named Nexi, Northeastern University psychology professor David DeSteno and collaborators Cynthia Breazeal from MIT's Media Lab and Robert Frank and David Pizarro from Cornell University have figured out the answer - observing a person's non-verbal cues.
ABSTRACT Stramonita haemastoma, the southern oyster drill, is a predatory gastropod that locates prey using waterborne chemical cues. These cues move by advection and are subjected to hydrodynamic forces such as turbulence, which can have significant effects on both the delivery of cues and on the efficiency and success of organisms that use chemical cues to find prey.