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(one) could hear a pin drop
One could perceive the tiniest noise because the room is completely quiet and still. We all stayed so quiet following the boss's outburst that we could hear a pin drop. Sarah said she could hear a pin drop as the audience intently watched the actors on stage.
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hear a pin drop, one/you could
Complete silence. This hyperbole dates from the early nineteenth century. An early appearance in print is in Susan Ferrier’s The Inheritance (1824): “You might have heard a pin drop in the house while that was going on.” Although pins are a far less common household item than they once were, the expression survives.
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