sight gag


Definition of sight gag

: a comic bit or episode whose effect is produced by pantomime or camera shot rather than by words

Examples of sight gag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The synthetic heave is a wan sight gag, a self-reflexive expression of one’s own artificiality. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The film’s maze of mistaken identities, misunderstood intentions and narrative cul-de-sacs might be bewildering, but Bogdanovich’s clean, exacting visual style assures that each sight gag lands as intended. Peter Tonguette, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 One reminiscent of a Virgil Abloh sight gag ($34.95), from PAMM in Miami, that deconstructs the shirt itself as an object of desire. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2021 Their junior-high burlesque is a sight gag as well as the heart of the series; more literally than most teen pariahs, Maya and Anna have trouble fitting in. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 Ian asking Poppy to take care of his rings leads to a nice sight gag of David dressed as Ian to channel his mind-set. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 7 May 2021 More refined palates might prefer Pipe Garfield, which replaces the last panel of every strip with the 1978 sight gag in which Garfield smokes a pipe. New York Times, 4 June 2020 All are male, except for a single female character brought on for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sight gag. Christopher Arnott,, 22 Dec. 2020 The restaurant gig — an extended sight gag, more or less — isn’t very convincing, and not only because Oh is awfully slow at folding mandu. Mike Hale, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sight gag

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sight gag was in 1949

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Last Updated

6 Apr 2022

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“Sight gag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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