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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.
See also: on, radar

below the radar

In a position in which someone or something will remain 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 until this controversy blows over.
See also: below, radar

below the radar screen

In a position in which someone or something will remain unnoticed or undetected. With so many different amendments to the bill being made, some appropriations slipped below the radar screen. I plan to stay below the radar screen until this controversy blows over.
See also: below, radar, screen

blue screen of death

slang A humorous term for the blue screen that is sometimes displayed after a crash on a computer with a Windows operating system. So you've got a blue screen of death, huh? Have you tried restarting your computer?
See also: blue, death, of, screen

on (one's) radar (screen)

Considered by one as important or noteworthy; within the spectrum of one'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.
See also: on, radar

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.
See also: on, radar

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!
See also: put, screen, smoke, up

screen off

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.
See also: off, screen

screen out

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.
See also: out, screen

screen out of (something or some place)

1. To act as a barrier in order to keep something out of something or some place. A noun or pronoun is used between "screen" and "out." We're putting new practices and guidelines in place to help screen defective parts out of the earliest stages of the manufacturing process. We've developed a new operating system mode for younger children that specifically screens mature or inappropriate content out of their online browsing.
2. To deny admittance, acceptance, clearance, or approval of someone from some place or thing. A noun or pronoun is used between "screen" and "out." I have a feeling they screened me out of the hiring pool because I don't have a master's degree. The letting agency has been accused of screening applicants out of consideration based on their sexual orientation.
See also: of, out, screen

screen time

1. The amount of time an actor or character spends on screen in a movie or TV show. That guy should have gotten way more screen time in that movie—he was hilarious.
2. The amount of time one spends looking at or interacting with something with a screen, such as a TV, computer, phone, or other mobile device. I try to limit the kids' screen time, especially as it gets closer to bedtime.
See also: screen, time

smokescreen

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!

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!
See also: screen, silver

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.
See also: screen, small

under the radar

In a position in which someone or something will remain 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 until this controversy blows over.
See also: radar

under the radar screen

In a position in which someone or something will remain unnoticed or undetected. With so many different amendments to the bill being made, some appropriations slipped under the radar screen. I plan to stay under the radar screen until this controversy blows over.
See also: radar, screen

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 something

 and 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.
See also: of, out, screen

the silver screen

the 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.
See also: screen, silver

the silver ˈscreen

(old-fashioned) the film industry: the heroes and heroines of the silver screen
See also: screen, silver

the small ˈscreen

(the) television (when contrasted with cinema): Cinema films reach the small screen very quickly these days.
See also: screen, small

screen off

v.
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.
See also: off, screen

screen out

v.
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.
See also: out, screen

blue screen of death

and 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.
See also: blue, death, of, screen

under the radar

Describing an action that cannot be detected. The term comes from aviation during World War II, where a plane is flying too low to be detected by the enemy’s radar. It soon was transferred to other situations, as in “I don’t want anyone to know I’m looking for another job, so keep my applications under the radar.” John Lescroart used it in A Plague of Secrets (2010), “Now I know . . . it hasn’t been the subject of much police concern so far . . . So up to now you’re all under the radar.”
See also: radar
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Among infants screened during 2010-2016, TSH concentrations of 20 [micro]IU/mL-40 [micro]IU/mL were found for approximately 21,000 infants on the first screen with 85 remaining elevated on the second screen.
When she learned that a blood test for colorectal cancer was under development, she warmed to the idea of being screened.
4386 to correct this problem, which allows states to enroll women screened by the NBCCEDP and found to have cancer in their Medicaid program.
Environmentally screened IRAs aren't the only way to put your retirement dollars to work for ecological values.
Of all the students screened, 172 were excluded from our analysis (but were not denied further evaluation or treatment) because they were either outside the age range or not of Chinese descent.
Smaller foundries may be able to commingle their various molding, core and shakeout sand streams, as long as the combined material is screened, magnetically separated and cores are crushed.
Screening occurred in only 16.3% more of the screened group than in the unscreened group.
In the 2003 SARS experience, data from 4 Asian locations and Canada indicated that body temperature-sensing devices did not detect anyone with SARS among >35 million entering travelers screened. Administration of health declarations (a questionnaire completed by the traveler to report health information, e.g., symptoms and history of exposure) to >45 million entering travelers detected 4 SARS cases.
By applying national data on sexual activity among young people to the screening rate observed in their study, the analysts estimate that only 12% of asymptomatic sexually active 15-24-year-old women who make primary care visits are screened for STDs.
Income comes from two sources: a tipping fee to drop the scrap gypsum and a charge for the screened product that is slightly less than the delivered cost of agricultural gypsum.
The Chicago-based Reproductive Genetics Institute, which Verlinsky runs, has conducted the PGD tests for nearly half of the approximately 1,000 children worldwide who were genetically screened as embryos since 1989, he says.
Should you be screened? Like any other medical procedure, there are risks involved.
We conducted a descriptive study, using GIS technology, of the blood lead (BPb) levels and residential location of at-risk children screened for lead exposure.
In essence, there may be only a large benefit for a small number of people screened, but this subset can only be identified retrospectively.
Although zones are supposed to be impervious to screens, they can be screened, as you can see in Diags.