Cue

cue [cue cues cued cueing cuing] noun, verb BrE [kjuː]
NAmE [kjuː]
noun
1. an action or event that is a signal for sb to do sth
~ (for sth) Jon's arrival was a cue for more champagne.
~ (to do sth) I think that's my cue to explain why I'm here.
2. a few words or an action in a play that is a signal for another actor to do sth
She stood in the wings and waited for her cue to go on.
3. a long wooden stick with a leather tip, used for hitting the ball in the games of billiards, pool and snooker
Word Origin:
n. senses 1 to 2 and v. mid 16th cent.
n. sense 3 mid 18th cent. queue
Example Bank:
Her husband took his cue, and said that it was time for them to leave.
I can't just cry on cue!
She had not yet been given the cue to go on to the stage.
They all took their cue from their leader.
This remark provided the cue for the crowd to start jeering.
This was the cue for him to come into the room.
I think that's my cue to explain why I'm here.
Jon's arrival was a cue for more champagne.
Idioms: on cue take your cue from somebody
verb (cue·ing, cued, cued)~ sb
to give sb a signal so they know when to start doing sth
Can you cue me when you want me to begin speaking?
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
n. senses 1 to 2 and v. mid 16th cent.
n. sense 3 mid 18th cent. queue

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.
2.The last words of a play actor's speech, serving as an intimation for the next succeeding player to speak; any word or words which serve to remind a player to speak or to do something; a catchword.
When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer.
3.A hint or intimation.
Give them [the servants] their cue to attend in two lines as he leaves the house.
4.The part one has to perform in, or as in, a play.
Were it my cueto fight, I should have known it
Without a prompter.
5.Humor; temper of mind.
6.A straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in playing billiards.
v. t.1.To form into a cue; to braid; to twist.
n.1.A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing.
Hast thou worn
Gowns in the university, tossed logic,
Sucked philosophy, eat cues?

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