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sight gag

a comic effect produced by visual means rather than by spoken lines, as in a play or motion picture.
Origin of sight gag
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sight gag
  • They blew the opportunity for a good sight gag there too.
  • From the right distance, that would be a ludicrous sight gag.
  • My memory had turned it into an extended sight gag, with his whacking himself again and again to get the job done.
  • What began in the series' initial installment as part tease and part sight gag, now wraps up the comic's out of time sequences.
  • Take this sight gag that's right on the tip of our tongues.
  • But because each of the spots is built on one sight gag, they might not maintain interest for the long haul.
  • They make a great sight gag, if not a great metaphor.
Slang definitions & phrases for sight gag


  1. A leaky boat or ship: That frog-eating sieve
  2. simoleon or samoleon (sih MOH lee en)
  3. A dollar One who cannot keep a secret
Related Terms

have a mind like a sieve

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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