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stage whisper

a loud whisper on a stage, meant to be heard by the audience.
any whisper loud enough to be overheard.
Origin of stage whisper
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She opens up on the Boss in a stage whisper that whirls him around as if he'd been on a string.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • There is never anything so nerve-shaking as a stage whisper.

  • "Here comes Mrs. Brewster-Curtis," he said in a stage whisper.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • On his way back to the house, he met Betty, who said to him in a stage whisper.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • He watched her in silence a moment, and then demanded in a stage whisper, "What you d'awing?"

    The Lilac Lady Ruth Alberta Brown
  • "You can live for days on chocolates," came in a stage whisper.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • "He talks like a clergyman," said Mrs. Silk, in a stage whisper.

  • Jerry spoke in a stage whisper that could have been heard a block.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
British Dictionary definitions for stage whisper

stage whisper

a loud whisper from one actor to another onstage intended to be heard by the audience
any loud whisper that is intended to be overheard
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Idioms and Phrases with stage whisper

stage whisper

A whisper loud enough to be overheard, as in Our three-year-old behaved beautifully at the ceremony, but then he asked in a stage whisper, “Why does that lady have blue hair?” This expression alludes to an actor's whisper on stage, which is meant to be heard by the audience. [ Mid-1800s ]
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