hear a pin drop, can

Be able to hear even the smallest noise because of the quiet, as in When he came onstage you could have heard a pin drop. This hyperbolic expression dates from the early 1800s.


Nearby words

  1. heap,
  2. heaped,
  3. heaping,
  4. hear,
  5. hear a peep out of,
  6. hear from,
  7. hear of,
  8. hear oneself think, can't,
  9. hear out,
  10. hear, hear

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