make noises

Definition of make noises

  1. 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. 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

  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

    :  brand

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

noiseplay noises
  1. :  loud, confused, or senseless shouting or outcry

    :  sound

    :  one that lacks agreeable musical quality or is noticeably unpleasant

  1. :  to talk much or loudly

    :  to make a noise

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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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