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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CUE

Provost heard my "cue" on the stage, and pushed me gently forward.

She left things as they were, taking her cue from the boy in despite of her desire.

Simonne gives the cue: 'Here are the guests,' and I come in.

Stephen, taking his cue from his sister, was morose and silent, also.

Even M. Binet appeared to be waiting for a cue from Scaramouche.

And deliberately, almost brutally, Arnold refused to accept the cue.

The peasants took their cue from the Parisians, and treated every castle as a Bastille.

"Don't be nervous, boy," said my father, handing me his cue.

It gave him his cue—the first word of a part in the human drama.

My cue was to pretend to believe him, and to make him hope for mercy.

WORD ORIGIN

"stage direction," 1550s, from Q, which was used 16c., 17c. in stage plays to indicate actors' entrances, probably as an abbreviation of Latin quando "when" (see quandary) or a similar Latin adverb. Shakespeare has it as both Q and cue.

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