a pregnant pause/silence

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a pregnant pause

An overly long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance. She gave a pregnant pause just before announcing the winner to build dramatic tension. While recounting his story, Jake gave a pregnant pause before naming the person who committed the crime, leading me to wonder whether he was telling the truth.
See also: pause, pregnant

a pregnant silence

An overly long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance. She gave a pregnant silence just before announcing the winner to build dramatic tension. While recounting his story, Jake gave a pregnant silence before naming the person who committed the crime, leading me to wonder whether he was telling the truth.
See also: pregnant, silence

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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But there's a pregnant silence when people discuss peace and order in the city.
After a pregnant silence, three-yearold Tyler Morgan smiled and conceded a "yes" with a nod.
THE FRENZY of the longest and hardest poll campaign ever gave way to a pregnant silence on the eve of verdict day.
You'll get a pregnant silence with much head scratching.
The pregnant silence on the subject of nationalisation (while possibly designed to put pressure on banks to lend) led to fears of further dilutive equity injections at a time when private capital lacked the confidence to invest.
After about 30 agonising seconds of pregnant silence Nargis shot back with her brilliant response: "Could you repeat the question?
Readers of Wordsworth need to be aware, first of all, of the nature of solitude and its psychological and human ecological effects: not only the solitude and pregnant silence of an empty church or deserted building, but solitude in the midst of wind or rain or the movement of nature.
You could sit in pregnant silence before the Blessed Sacrament, keeping the holy hour that Peter, James, and John were unable to keep.
Already in the thick of the legal hassles that would plague him unto death, Bruce took the stage and let a long, pregnant silence build.
For several minutes after my declarations of loyalty we sat facing each other in a pregnant silence broken only by the soft swishing of the punka wallahs and the occasional noise from the pot of unguent which the Head Masseuse was applying liberally to the Master's temples.
The noises coming out of the club suggest their negotiators have managed to overcome the devil in the lease's detail, which in recent weeks had led to nothing more than a pregnant silence emanating from Bournbrook.
They come, no doubt, bringing their concerns, sorrows and anxieties, some just to rest and be enfolded for a short time in the pregnant silence.
Seldom-recognizable Chicago locations have an anonymous, forlorn quality; Leif Olsen's score is most notable for its long absences, as pregnant silence and ambient sound are used to unsettling effect.
Sarmad's creative strength is the combination of the non-linear narrative, usage of pregnant silences and the subtle symbolism that he chooses to tell an otherwise short and action-packed tale.
Then, after Christ's death, he lengthened the pauses between numbers, leaving pregnant silences as the implications of the story - and Bach's tearstained music - sank in.