(one) can hear a pin drop

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(one) can hear a pin drop

One can hear or perceive the tiniest noise because some place is completely quiet and still. The cathedral is incredible. You can hear a pin drop in there because no one is allowed to make a sound once they are inside. She said she wants it to be so quiet that she can hear a pin drop while she works.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hear a pin drop, can

Be able to hear even the smallest noise because of the quiet, as in When he came onstage you could have heard a pin drop. This hyperbolic expression dates from the early 1800s.
See also: can, hear, pin
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.
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