pregnant pause

pregnant pause

A long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance. There was a pregnant pause when the topic changed to Grandpa's will, and everyone could tell that something shocking was about to be revealed. The most telling part of his speech was the pregnant pause before he denied any wrongdoing.
See also: pause, pregnant

a pregnant pause (or silence)

a pause or silence that is laden with meaning or significance.
See also: pause, pregnant

a pregnant ˈpause/ˈsilence

a pause/silence in which everyone is waiting or listening for something, or a moment of silence which is full of meaning: There was a pregnant pause while everyone waited to hear what she had to say.
See also: pause, pregnant, silence
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Meanwhile, Tori opts for a pregnant pause rather than tell Robbo she is expecting.
Thus, despite the existence of a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of pregnancy for about 20 years in Alberta, it is still a problem (Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association, "Is there a Pregnant Pause in Implementation of Alberta Human Rights Legislation?" (October 13, 2011)
PREGNANT PAUSE: GMA Network is faced with pregnancy issues facing two of its contract actors, the newly married Marian Rivera and recent GMA transferee Empress Schuck.
This pregnant pause may prompt the employers to simply ask why you're hesitating, giving you a natural opening.
A common tactic was called the "pregnant pause." After someone had responded to a question, I would smile and look at them expectantly.
Have we all just fallen for it?" After a very pregnant pause, she stutters: "Er...
Pregnant pause; an international legal analysis of maternity discrimination.
(Pregnant pause) She knows." He was someone who never took the world for granted...and he said so.
There was definitely a pregnant pause when shocked Birmingham patient Teresa Orr found out she was about to have a baby.
Either way, I wanted to hear it straight from you!" There was a pregnant pause. I allowed it to go to the third trimester, and he finally gave it birth.
And for a Republican Party tangled in its own oppressive dogma, a pregnant pause could be a godsend.
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8 OLIVER PAYNE AND NICK RELPH, COMMA, PREGNANT PAUSE, 2004 I finally had the chance to see this extraordinary work, which was commissioned by the 2004-2005 Carnegie International, when it was shown this past summer at China Art Objects Galleries in Los Angeles.
LEEDS UNITED'S move for Polish centre-half Jaroslav Bieniuk has been held up by a pregnant pause. The Amica Wronki defender was at Elland Road on trial but had to dash off because his wife is due to give birth.