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hiss at someone or something

 
1. [for a reptile] to make a hissing sound as a warning. The snake hissed at me. Otherwise I wouldn't have known it was there. The lizard hissed at the snake.
2. [for someone] to make a hissing sound at someone to show disapproval. The audience hissed at the performer, who was not all that bad. They hissed at all three acts.
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hiss someone off (of the stage)

Fig. [for the audience] to hiss and drive a performer off the stage. The boys in the front row tried to hiss her off the stage. The audience, angry with the quality of the singers, tried to hiss them all off.
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hiss something out

Fig. to say something with a hissing voice, usually in anger or disgust. The disgusted manager hissed his appraisal out. He hissed out his criticism.
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According to the HISS project manager the system will 'allow us to know what we are doing: I defy anyone to tell you what's happening at the moment' (HISS Project Manager, TS1 5.2.93, 36).
After reading Hiss we can know why we love certain places and why we feel such a sense of loss when they are violated.
Made possible by the support of Higher Education Funding Council for England's Science Research Investment Fund programme, and the University of Huddersfield's School of Music, Humanities and Media department, Prof Tremblay is looking forward to an academic year of celebration for HISS.
"But she soon learned what the movement of Ffion's hand to the bag meat meant," she said, "and as fast as Ffion's fingers found the food, Hiss would be flying to the food before the whistle to call her.
Quite simply, the ground has been trod, plowed, and sifted by so many that a book on Hiss must, of necessity, investigate the existential questions surrounding his life and character if it is to have value.
Chapter 1 is displayed as the book's trump card because it shows how misguided and (ideologically) blind Hiss's defenders were and, even after the release of the Venona decrypts, remain.
Graduating from The Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School, and clerking for Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Hiss served in the Department of Agriculture early in the New Deal era, then on a Senate committee staff investigating the munitions industry, then at the State Department, where he rose rapidly.
In the interview, which was conducted in 2000 when Hiss was head of Tel Aviv's Abu Kabir forensic institute, he said: "We started to harvest corneas ...
Hiss said that he and doctors who worked under him took parts from bodies -- including skin, corneas and heart valves -- in the 1990s for transplantation.
"The process started in the early 1980s and lasted till the end of 2000," Hiss, who heads the only place in Israel authorized to conduct autopsies in cases of unnatural death in Israel and the occupied territories, said in the video.
Equally disturbing, the doctor behind the plunder of body parts, Prof Yehuda Hiss, appointed director of the Abu Kabir institute in the late 1980s, has never been jailed despite admitting to the organ theft and he continues to be the state's chief pathologist at the institute.
Sadly, a hiss, growl or swat from a trusted feline companion may set off a cycle of aggressive behavior that can take weeks, months or even years to resolve.
He accuses Nixon of "self-righteous hypocrisy" in the Alger Hiss spy case.