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peanut gallery

Informal. the rearmost and cheapest section of seats in the balcony or the uppermost balcony of a theater.
Slang. a source of insignificant criticism:
No remarks from the peanut gallery!
Origin of peanut gallery
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This must have been the unanimous intention of the Perry populace, for the peanut gallery was a bower of fashion.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • A few minutes before he had been sitting up there in the "peanut gallery" of the Teatro Real.

    Their Son; The Necklace

    Eduardo Zamacois
  • Up in the peanut gallery the gods began to indulge in catcalls and make personal inquiries.

    Through the Yukon Gold Diggings Josiah Edward Spurr
  • On those occasions they had sat far up in the peanut gallery in the place reserved for people of colour.

    The Sport of the Gods Paul Laurence Dunbar
Slang definitions & phrases for peanut gallery

peanut gallery

noun phrase

  1. The topmost rows of a theater (1888+)
  2. A group or individual whose opinion is considered inconsequential
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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