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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.
See also: cue

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

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

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

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

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

(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

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
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More importantly, as it can be observed in Figure 3, the cuing effect was again significantly modulated by the Fixation Cue, F(1, 29)=8.
The percentage of error analysis showed that the only significant effect was the Cuing x Fixation Cue interaction, F(1, 29)=8.
The most important result was, however, that the presentation of 50% of the targets at fixation, together with the instructions to keep attention at that central position, did not affect the overall cuing effect observed when no fixation cue was presented.
The Cuing X Distractor interaction did not reach significance in this analysis (p= 0.
Both the Cuing X SOA interaction as well as the Cuing X SOA X distractor group interaction were significant, F(1, 54) = 4.
Regarding the Cuing effects, the pattern of results found with the distractor manipulation in Experiment 1 is similar to the one obtained in previous experiments with other types of discrimination tasks (Lupianez et al.
One might infer that because the cuing benefits (and attentional tunneling) found in the first study (Yeh et al.
A second issue addressed in Experiment 1 is the consequence of cuing imprecision, rather than catastrophic cuing failure.
1999) and Yeh and Wickens (2001 b), the common features are the requirement to perform a display-presented side task; the presence or absence of cuing (varying in its precision); and the use of a set of different targets that vary in conspicuity, expectancy, and importance.
9) determined whether any given target would be cued or not cued (missed) by the cuing system.
To assess the observer's reliance on the cuing system, we developed a cue dependency (CD) measure.
Symbology consisted of a cuing reticle, heading tape, and tunnel pathway (the cuing reticle and tunnel pathway are presented in Figure 1).
The benefits of cuing on target detection performance were examined by measuring the distance at which targets were detected (with greater distance indicating better performance) and calculating the detection accuracy, 1 - P(target missed).
An inability to ignore the auditory cue would imply an exogenous cuing mechanism.
Three densities of global and local distractors (0%, 20%, and 80%) and three auditory cuing conditions (coincident, displaced, and centered) were again tested.