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.

Examples of on cue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In her one-woman show, there’s a running joke that Kate Berlant cannot cry on cue. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 As if on cue, in walks Jesse Palmer to deliver the bad news: Party's over, boys! Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 11 July 2023 As if on cue, a pedestrian walking down the sidewalk notices her, exclaims, rushes over for a hug, and encourages Ms. Chandler to keep practicing her Portuguese. Alfredo Sosa, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Feb. 2024 Minkler was in the middle of explaining how singing exercises help the kids focus and prevent them from wandering into the street when, as if on cue, one of the first graders broke free from the queue and leaped gleefully over a puddle. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 After her name was not among those called to progress to the top six, Flora Jo began to cry, as if on cue. Madison Malone Kircher Bridget Bennett, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 The day after the audit was released, as if on cue, an L.A.P.D. helicopter made a low and roaring orbit over my neighborhood, for around two hours, the white beam of its floodlight shining on the houses twinkling with Christmas lights below. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 29 Dec. 2023 As if on cue, one group member catches up to us, slightly winded. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2023 As if on cue, around age 10, Black students begin getting into trouble at school. Marla Bautista, Parents, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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“On cue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20cue. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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