loud enough to wake the dead

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loud enough to wake the dead

Extremely noisy and disruptive. Would you two be quiet—you're loud enough wake the dead! Having so many kids running around screaming all at once was loud enough to wake the dead.
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to wake the dead, loud enough

Very loud, as in That band is loud enough to wake the dead. This hyperbolic expression dates from the mid-1800s.
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Instead, I found it provocatively wacky, unfunny and loud enough to wake the dead - and napping parents.
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The concerts will be acoustic in keeping with the religious setting - there's a graveyard right outside the front door and some of McGee's bands are loud enough to wake the dead.
Summary: Your face is planted on the bar and the thumping beat in your ear is loud enough to wake the dead. Meanwhile, your goofy.
Mister," yelled by some snotty-nosed Herbert at a volume loud enough to wake the dead. The only words calculated to strike more fear in a grown man is a New York cop brandishing a pistol and shouting: "Get out of the car and put your hands where I can see them."
IT was hotter than hell, and loud enough to wake the dead.
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Then there's that bloke who loves to dismantle his car in the gutter while playing his radio loud enough to wake the dead.