sound bite


noun

a brief, striking remark or statement excerpted from an audiotape or videotape for insertion in a broadcast news story.

Nearby words

  1. soult, nicolas jean de dieu,
  2. sound,
  3. sound and the fury, the,
  4. sound as a bell,
  5. sound barrier,
  6. sound block,
  7. sound bow,
  8. sound camera,
  9. sound check,
  10. sound effect

Origin of sound bite

First recorded in 1985–90

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British Dictionary definitions for sound bite

sound bite

noun

a short pithy sentence or phrase extracted from a longer speech for use on radio or television
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Idioms and Phrases with sound bite

sound bite

A short, striking, quotable statement well suited to a television news program. For example, He's extremely good at sound bites, but a really substantive speech is beyond him. This slangy expression, first recorded in 1980, originated in political campaigns in which candidates tried to get across a particular message or get publicity by having it picked up in newscasts.

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