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idiot board

noun, Television Slang.
a mechanical apparatus, as a projector or a continuous roll of paper, for prompting a performer during a program.
Origin of idiot board
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for idiot board

idiot board

a slang name for Autocue
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Slang definitions & phrases for idiot board

idiot card

noun phrase

A large sheet of heavy paper held up out of range of the television camera to prompt actors or speakers; cue card: ''Idiot boards'' are held out of camera range/ The scripts are gone, but now there are idiot cards (1952+ Television studio)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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