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Friday, November 15, 2002

segue

\SEG-way; SAYG-way\ , intransitive verb;
1.
To proceed without interruption; to make a smooth transition.
noun:
1.
An instance or act of segueing; a smooth transition.
Quotes:
The gratifying thing about McCourt is that he can drop his professional character act and segue into a smart, emotionally direct conversation faster than you can say "Top o' the morning."
-- "Malachy Mccourt: How a Rogue Becomes a Saint", New York Times, July 29, 1998
A melody will start innocuously enough, then segue into the inevitable buildup, with swelling strings and bursting brass.
-- "Woe to Shows That Put On Operatic Airs", New York Times, July 20, 1997
Addie later recalled her host's charming segue to topics more pleasant.
-- Gary Kinder, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
Origin:
Segue is from the Italian, meaning "there follows," from seguire, "to follow," from Latin sequi.
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