wake the dead

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wake the dead

To be extremely noisy and disruptive. Would you two be quiet—you'll wake the dead! Having so many kids running around screaming all at once, it was loud enough to wake the dead!
See also: dead, wake
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wake the dead

Fig. to be so loud as to wake those who are "sleeping" the most soundly: the dead. You are making enough noise to wake the dead. Stop hollering! You'll wake the dead!
See also: dead, wake
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wake the ˈdead

(of a noise) be very loud: He must have heard it — that doorbell’s loud enough to wake the dead.
See also: dead, wake
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wake the dead, to

Very loud. This hyperbole has been around for ages. John Woodcock Graves used it in his poem “John Peel” (ca. 1820), which later became a popular folk song: “’Twas the sound of his horn called me from my bed . . . For Peel’s view-hollo would waken the dead, Or a fox from his lair in the morning.”
See also: to, wake
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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There was, of course, a good deal of noise - running about, the, shouts of the sailors, the thrashing of the sails - enough, in fact, to wake the dead. But S- never came on deck.
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Sam finally tells her mum who really killed Den and, as Peggy leaps out of the taxi at the cemetery, that screech would wake the dead: "Chrissie Watts!
Then there's that bloke who loves to dismantle his car in the gutter while playing his radio loud enough to wake the dead.
Ned Reiter is so confident about his herbal brew he has called it Lazarus because it can "wake the dead".
"It's omnipotent, omnipresent, timeless; it can work miracles and wake the dead, cure the sick, make happy endings, judge and punish.
The first series of the Golden Globenominated series about a pie shop owner with an ability to wake the dead. So, a bit like having student neighbours then.
You'd have thought she would have made enough noise to wake the dead. But I heard nothing."