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deafening silence

A conspicuous and striking lack of noise or sound. Jim's proposal was met with deafening silence at the meeting. After living in the city all my life, I can't stand the deafening silence of the countryside.
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deafening silence

A silence or lack of response that reveals something significant, such as disapproval or a lack of enthusiasm.
See also: silence
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"Excess winter deaths of older people have remained stubbornly high in recent years, but last winter's huge spike sounds a deafening wake-up call about the older population's wellbeing if we have another cold snap."
"The game wasn't a sell-out, probably because of the pounds 79 ticket prices, but the noise when Torres came on was absolutely deafening. I've never heard screaming like it."
"There has been a deafening silence from the Tories when almost everybody else in the country, including Labour, are calling for City excesses to be reigned in.
Les Gunn, who lives about four miles away from the plant said he was woken by an absolutely deafening sound.
as one of those assassins (opposite Helen Mirren), the nays surely became deafening.
The first European settlers recorded that the forests were alive with deafening bird song.
And yes, Peter, the silence from us small-minded Christians was deafening, almost as deafening as the silence from you in your condemnation of small-minded Moslems and Islamic fundamentalists who issued death threats to anyone who dared publish or look at cartoons of Mohammed.
The sound was deafening, the smoke caused by firecrackers and fireworks--again, the work of would-be tough guys.
When Hurricane Katrina dealt its deafening blow to the Gulf Coast region over Labor Day Weekend, it rendered the Mississippi River--Midwest agriculture's central nervous system--silent.
Sometimes, in the spring, the early-morning noise is deafening! If we are very lucky, first thing in the morning, we can spot one swooping from the very tall trees on one side of our road, across to the park.
Oxymoron means a rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in deafening silence.
A woman was desperate for police assistance: she was afraid to go out of her house to confront people who were playing deafening music.
I CAN sympathise with Graham Thorpe and George Hulme (Letters, May 12) regarding deafening PA systems.