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make noises

verb phrase

  1. To express oneself; speak, esp initially and somewhat vaguely: The Russians began to make noises about leaving
  2. To talk insincerely or uselessly: Do they mean it, or are they making noises? (1951+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • I call them Tristan and Isolde because they make noises in the night.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • They make noises when they wish to excite the attention of those who have not the gift of seeing them.

  • Even Andy, whose brain rarely ever stopped working, began to make noises like a tennis cabinet.

  • A singer will start at the wrong time, will for a whole verse, perhaps, make noises in a different key; the pianist never fails.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • She had begun to make noises too, a modified hooting more like a pigeon's call.

    The Stars, My Brothers Edmond Hamilton
  • So men are hired to act as scarecrows and make noises to frighten the birds away.

    Our Little Japanese Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • I used to make noises, keeping one hand on my throat while the other hand felt the movements of my lips.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • Five babies at different stages of refractoriness are sprawling about on this strip of floor; they make noises all the time.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • He shuffled towards her, put his arms round her, and began to make noises as if he was in pain.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • He can only make noises, and cry, and drink, and slither about in his bath like a piece of wet soap.

    The Lee Shore

    Rose Macaulay

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