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stage whisper

a loud whisper on a stage, meant to be heard by the audience.
any whisper loud enough to be overheard.
Origin of stage whisper
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "They are afraid you will break the bank," she said, in a stage-whisper not meant to be wasted.

    The Guests Of Hercules C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • She came to their corner, and, bending over Dolly, spoke to her in stage-whisper.

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "And gingerbread and cheese," added mamma, in reply to something said by the girl in a sort of stage-whisper.

  • "Sure, they're no words of yours," said some one in a stage-whisper, far down in the audience.

    The Flag Homer Greene
  • Said Madame Planchet, in her stage-whisper: "The serveece of the young god of beautee!"

    They Call Me Carpenter Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for stage-whisper

stage whisper

a loud whisper from one actor to another onstage intended to be heard by the audience
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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