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foghorn

[fog-hawrn, fawg-] /ˈfɒgˌhɔrn, ˈfɔg-/
noun
1.
a deep, loud horn for sounding warning signals in foggy weather, as to ships.
2.
a deep, loud voice.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; fog1 + horn
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Examples from the web for foghorn
  • The foghorn sounded and the red lights flashed, but that should have been a warning.
  • The foghorn snort of a hippo warned us to avoid its channel.
  • The sounds have been likened to anything from approaching cavalry to a foghorn, but no one has known how they are made.
  • He is a politician who employs a foghorn rather than a dog whistle.
British Dictionary definitions for foghorn

foghorn

/ˈfɒɡˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
a mechanical instrument sounded at intervals to serve as a warning to vessels in fog
2.
(informal) a loud deep resounding voice
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Word Origin and History for foghorn
n.

1858, from fog (n.1) + horn (n.).

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