heavy atmosphere

heavy atmosphere

A very tense, awkward, or uncomfortable atmosphere among a group of people. There was a heavy atmosphere at the table after Dad's outburst at Mom. I tried to break the heavy atmosphere with a joke, but no one was in the mood for laughing.
See also: atmosphere, heavy

a heavy ˈsilence/ˈatmosphere

a situation when people do not say anything, but feel embarrassed or uncomfortable: There was a heavy silence for a few minutes before anybody spoke.
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Not a breath of wind now disturbed the heavy atmosphere.
Lovell's thoughts had flashed backwards through the years, back to the time when he had sat within a few feet of this man in the crowded court of justice and listened through the painful stillness of that heavy atmosphere, charged with tragedy, to the slow unfolding of the drama of his life.
Yet, it must be said, her petals sometimes drooped a little, in consequence of the heavy atmosphere about her.
And while that may have helped to deliver the heavy atmosphere of the piece, it did nothing for the comfort of the audience.
Tellwright said: "There was a heavy atmosphere and I think all parties in attendance, including the public, were aware of how sombre an occasion it was.
Last season, there were times when the toxic, heavy atmosphere was difficult to fathom.
Full of heavy atmosphere, pregnant pauses and Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson - a senior police officer investigating a string of murders in Belfast, with a penchant for blouses straight out of a 1980s catalogue - it bears more than a passing resemblance to the Scandi-noir of The Bridge, The Killing and Borgen, complete with chilly women and a sense of foreboding.
Glamorgan lost their last four wickets for eight runs in 31 balls and although the ball had zoomed around in the heavy atmosphere, it had not been a distinguished batting display by the visitors on a track cleared of any blame by pitch liaison officer Tony Pigott.
Whether it's Kate Middleton's fashion sense, or the alleged "excessive spending," or her parenting style, the Queen is apparently always right there with a comment, which makes for a heavy atmosphere at the palace," the magazine reports, citing a source.
So, thank you for that," he said, lightening the heavy atmosphere surrounding his farewell.
I say so because it will not be easy to score runs in the morning because of the heavy atmosphere at the stadium.
VIRGO (Aug 24-Sep 23) The heavy atmosphere that was prominent lifts and you start to see that life can be fun again.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Taking a break from the heavy atmosphere of political, economic and social issues at home, senior economists and market experts from the Eurasia region arrived in the calm tourism hub of Antalya on Friday, this time to chew on scenarios mainly for a proposed overhaul of the global economic order.
Or it could have such a heavy atmosphere that its surface would be extremely hot.
Despite the heavy atmosphere and evil-looking dogs galore, the film's lighter touch involves Jim McCrae (Broadbent) fearing that he's going to die unless he can stay awake.