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stage whisper

noun
1.
a loud whisper on a stage, meant to be heard by the audience.
2.
any whisper loud enough to be overheard.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • His acting is understated, frequently reverting to little more than a stage whisper for the intimacy of the television cameras.
British Dictionary definitions for stage whisper

stage whisper

noun
1.
a loud whisper from one actor to another onstage intended to be heard by the audience
2.
any loud whisper that is intended to be overheard
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Idioms and Phrases with stage whisper

stage whisper

A whisper loud enough to be overheard, as in Our three-year-old behaved beautifully at the ceremony, but then he asked in a stage whisper, “Why does that lady have blue hair?” This expression alludes to an actor's whisper on stage, which is meant to be heard by the audience. [ Mid-1800s ]
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