not like the sound of (something)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of not like the sound of (something)

: to not like the idea of what is suggested by (something said or described) : to feel that what is suggested sounds bad or serious
  • "The doctor says my case is unusual." "I don't like the sound of that."

Word by Word Definitions

sound play
  1. : free from injury or disease

  2. : free from flaw, defect, or decay

  3. : solid, firm

  1. : to the full extent : thoroughly

  1. : a particular auditory impression : tone

  2. : the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing

  3. : mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (such as air) and is the objective cause of hearing

  1. : to cause to sound

  2. : pronounce

  3. : to put into words : voice

  1. : a long broad inlet of the ocean generally parallel to the coast

  2. : a long passage of water connecting two larger bodies (such as a sea with the ocean) or separating a mainland and an island

  3. : the air bladder of a fish

  1. : to measure the depth of : fathom

  2. : to try to find out the views or intentions of : probe

  3. : to explore or examine (a body cavity) with a sound

  1. : an elongated instrument for exploring or sounding body cavities

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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