a heavy silence/atmosphere

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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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After their remarks, came a period of heavy silence.
There was a heavy silence, broken only by the faint sound of the cleaner at her work.
The laughter would die away and the heavy silence sat between us.
In heavy silence except for the sound of wheels battling the unpaved road, the driver managed to pass a small traffic jam near a junction, known as Eyes of Thieves valley between the villages of Silwad and Sinjil north of Ramalalh, where an Israeli military checkpoint once stood before it was dismantled after a Palestinian man shot 10 Israeli soldiers in March 3, 2002.
At the tent set up near the family home to receive well-wishers, a heavy silence hung in the humid afternoon air when Gulf News visited on Sunday.
The already heavy silence in the room gets way heavier.
This was extremely sudden and astonishing for me, and that was followed by a heavy silence," Siniora told the court.
A heavy silence filled the air as the two war vessels cast their anchors opposite the warehouses, riverboat outfitters, naval stores, and simple clapboard lodgings that made up Natchez Under the Hill.
After the propeller plane switched off its engines, a heavy silence filled the air.
Following "a heavy silence," a Cockney private "stepped forward and saluted.
The opposition surrendered to a heavy silence in the wake of the referendum on the new constitution.
Editor Pat Lancaster replies: Of course, here at TME we like to think that the Middle East region offers the very best the world has to offer in travel experiences: the majesty of the temple at Karnak, the ruins at Carthage, the splendour of Petra at dawn, Salalah in the monsoon season or the heavy silence of the Rub Al Khali, are pretty hard to beat.
There was a heavy silence between her parents during the following month.
There is a deeply touching moment in the midst of the Toxteth riots; a swift and heavy silence at mentions of Heysel and Hillsborough, and full-bellied laughter as the unlikely trio of Margaret Thatcher, a Mancunian policeman and Silvio Berlusconi all take their turn in the room.
But when Al Za'abe was called on to explain his handwriting a" and the last answer, by extension a" a heavy silence fell on the crowd.