Definition of on cue
: at the exact moment one would expect She arrived right on cue as we were talking about her. As if on cue, the entire group burst into laughter.
Word by Word Definitions
: the letter q
: a signal (such as a word, phrase, or bit of stage business) to a performer to begin a specific speech or action
: something serving a comparable purpose : hint
: a feature indicating the nature of something perceived
: to give a cue to : prompt
: to insert into a continuous performance
: a leather-tipped tapering rod for striking the cue ball (as in billiards and pool)
: a long-handled instrument with a concave head for shoving disks in shuffleboard
: to strike with a cue
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