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hear, hear

An expression used to express approval, as in Whenever the senator spoke, he was greeted with cries of “Hear! hear!” This expression was originally Hear him! hear him! and used to call attention to a speaker's words. It gradually came to be used simply as a cheer. [Late 1600s]

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