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Definition of cue noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an action or event that is a signal for someone to do something cue (for something) Jon's arrival was a cue for more champagne. cue (to do something) I think that's my cue to explain why I'm here.
  2. 2a few words or an action in a play that is a signal for another actor to do something She stood in the wings and waited for her cue to go on.
  3. 3a long wooden stick with a leather tip, used for hitting the ball in the games of billiards and pool
  4. Idioms
    (right) on cue
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    at exactly the moment you expect or that is appropriate “Where is that boy?” As if on cue, Simon appeared in the doorway.
    take your cue from somebody/something
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    to copy what someone else does as an example of how to behave or what to do Investors are taking their cue from the big banks and selling dollars.
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