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cue1

[kyoo] /kyu/
noun
1.
anything said or done, on or off stage, that is followed by a specific line or action:
An off-stage door slam was his cue to enter.
2.
anything that excites to action; stimulus.
3.
a hint; intimation; guiding suggestion.
4.
the part a person is to play; a prescribed or necessary course of action.
5.
a sensory signal used to identify experiences, facilitate memory, or organize responses.
6.
Archaic. frame of mind; mood.
verb (used with object), cued, cuing.
7.
to provide with a cue or indication; give a cue to; prompt:
Will you cue me on my lines?
8.
to insert, or direct to come in, in a specific place in a musical or dramatic performance (usually followed by in or into):
to cue in a lighting effect.
9.
to search for and reach (a specific track on a recording) (sometimes followed by up).
Idioms
10.
cue (someone) in, Informal. to inform; give instructions, information, news, etc., to:
Cue him in on the plans for the dance.
11.
miss a cue,
  1. to fail to respond to a cue.
  2. Informal. to miss the point:
    You could tell by his expression that he had missed a cue.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; spelled name of the letter q as an abbreviation (found in acting scripts) of Latin quandō when
Synonyms
1. signal. 3. sign, clue, key, tip, inkling.
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British Dictionary definitions for miss a cue

cue1

/kjuː/
noun
1.
  1. (in the theatre, films, music, etc) anything spoken or done that serves as a signal to an actor, musician, etc, to follow with specific lines or action
  2. on cue, at the right moment
2.
a signal or reminder to do something
3.
(psychol) the part of any sensory pattern that is identified as the signal for a response
4.
the part, function, or action assigned to or expected of a person
verb cues, cueing, cued
5.
(transitive) to give a cue or cues to (an actor)
6.
usually foll by in or into. to signal (to something or somebody) at a specific moment in a musical or dramatic performance to cue in a flourish of trumpets
7.
(transitive) to give information or a reminder to (someone)
8.
(intransitive) to signal the commencement of filming, as with the word "Action!"
Word Origin
C16: probably from name of the letter q, used in an actor's script to represent Latin quando when

cue2

/kjuː/
noun
1.
(billiards, snooker) a long tapered shaft with a leather tip, used to drive the balls
2.
hair caught at the back forming a tail or braid
3.
(US) a variant spelling of queue
verb cues, cueing, cued
4.
to drive (a ball) with a cue
5.
(transitive) to twist or tie (the hair) into a cue
Word Origin
C18: variant of queue
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Word Origin and History for miss a cue
cue
"stage direction," 1553, from Q, used 16c., 17c. in plays to indicate actors' entrances, probably abbrev. of L. quando "when" or a similar word. The verb is 1928, from the noun.
cue
"billiard stick," 1749, var. of queue (q.v.). Cue ball first recorded 1881.
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