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be on the radar (screen)
To be considered important or noteworthy; within the spectrum of (someone's) awareness, attention, or consideration. If you want this issue to be on the radar of mainstream America, you have to frame it as something that will hit people in their wallets. The band was hugely popular in the '80s, but they haven't been on the radar screen in the last decade or so.
on the radar (screen)
Considered important or noteworthy; within the spectrum of (someone's) awareness, attention, or consideration. If you want this issue to be on the radar of mainstream America, you have to frame it as something that will hit people in their wallets. There are always going to be bands who suddenly appear on the radar screen, only to fade into obscurity just as quickly.
put up a smoke screen
To create a diversion or otherwise draw attention away from someone or something. Look, we need to put up a smoke screen so that the committee stops investigating the funds we embezzled. As soon as my mother starts prying into my dating life, I put up a smoke screen by asking my grandfather about his favorite fishing spots—a topic he could talk about for hours. Works every time!
the silver screen
dated Movies, or the movie industry collectively. The phrase originally referred to a type of movie screen. The silver screen was once acting's highest stage, but television has become the new destination for many A-list stars. Nothing compares to seeing an action blockbuster on the silver screen—it's larger than life!
below the radar (screen)
Unnoticed or undetected. With so many different amendments to the bill being made, some appropriations slipped below the radar. I plan to stay below the radar screen until this controversy blows over.
under the radar (screen)
Unnoticed or undetected. With so many different amendments to the bill being made, some appropriations slipped under the radar. I plan to stay under the radar screen until this controversy blows over.
See also: radar
on (one's) radar (screen)
Considered important or noteworthy; within the spectrum of (someone's) awareness, attention, or consideration. If you want this issue on people's radar, you have to frame it as something that will impact their wallets. This band wasn't on my radar screen six months ago, but they're one of my favorites now.
the small screen
Television. A humorous play on "the big screen," meaning that of a movie theater. With recent shows like this having the production value of Hollywood blockbusters, there seems to be as much money and talent on the small screen as there is on the big screen. Many forget that the star got her start on the small screen in an obscure sitcom back in the 80s.
1. Literally, a dense cloud of smoke, especially created by artificial means, used by the military to conceal positions, movements, or operations from the enemy. We've asked for air support to create a smokescreen so we can evacuate our troops in safety.
2. Any action or statement that functions to conceal or divert attention away from one's true plans, intentions, activities, motivations, etc. The news that the retailer is increasing their minimum wage across the country is really a smokescreen to cover the fact that they are making huge cuts to the benefits they offer. As soon as my mother starts prying into my dating life, I put up a smokescreen by asking my grandfather about his favorite fishing spots—a topic he could talk about for hours. Works every time!
To partition something or a portion of something with a screen or other barrier to make it private or obscure it from view. A noun or pronoun can be used between "screen" and "off." To save money, Chris moved into the living room and screened off a space for his bed with an old bedsheet tacked up to the walls and ceiling. They've had to screen the movie set off with a giant makeshift fence so that onlookers don't learn any secrets about the film.
1. To act as a barrier in order to keep something from passing through to the other side. A noun or pronoun can be used between "screen" and "out." Their new smartphone app promises to screen out any calls from solicitors and scam artists. We've developed a new operating system mode for younger children that specifically screens mature or inappropriate content out as they browse the internet.
2. To deny admittance, acceptance, clearance, or approval to someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "screen" and "out." I have a feeling they screened me out because I don't have a master's degree. The letting agency has been accused of screening out applicants based on their sexual orientation.
screen someone or something (off) (from someone or something)
to make someone or something out of sight or blocked off to someone or something by erecting a screen. We screened her off from the patient in the next bed. We screened off the yard from the street.
screen someone or something out of somethingand screen someone or something out
to filter someone or something out of something. The test screened all the unqualified candidates out of the group. We screened out the suppliers who were not financially sound.
the silver screenthe cinema industry; cinema films collectively.
In the early days of cinematography, a projection screen was covered with metallic paint to give a highly reflective, silver-coloured surface.
the silver ˈscreen(old-fashioned) the film industry: the heroes and heroines of the silver screen
the small ˈscreen(the) television (when contrasted with cinema): Cinema films reach the small screen very quickly these days.
To separate, hide, or obscure something with a screen or similar barrier: I screened off the bed from the rest of the room with curtains. A high wall screens the porch off from the view of the ocean.
1. To prevent something from passing by using a filter; filter something out: This glass screens out the harmful ultraviolet rays. The e-mail filter identifies advertisements and screens them out.
2. To deny someone or something admittance or approval based on certain criteria: Background checks allow us to screen out all applicants with criminal records. They screened me out because I didn't meet the eligibility requirements.
blue screen of deathand BSOD
phr. & comp. abb. the blue computer screen that appears in early versions of Windows when Windows discovers a programming or operational error. Every time I run that program I get the BSOD. No matter what program causes the blue screen of death, Bill Gates gets the blame.