make noises

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make noises

1 :to talk about something in usually an indirect way usually + about
  • She started making noises about running for office.
  • Her parents are making noises about wanting a grandchild.
  • The government has been making some encouraging noises about the possibility of a tax cut.
2 :to make statements of a specified kind
  • The company has been making soothing/reassuring noises to calm the fears of investors.
often used to suggest that the things being said are not sincere or effective
  • Politicians are making (all) the right noises about improving the schools, but they don't want to spend any money to do it.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

noise play noises
  1. : loud, confused, or senseless shouting or outcry

  2. : sound

  3. : any sound that is undesired or interferes with one's hearing of something

  1. : to talk much or loudly

  2. : to make a noise

  3. : to spread by rumor or report


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