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 closing stretch is interminable: a grating display of misanthropic excess, with two jejune sight gags (one of which can only be described as a grave violation) that speak less to a sociopath’s psychology than a filmmaker’s self-intoxication. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2023 In 2001, the movie Zoolander included a sight gag about Zoolander’s stupidly tiny flip phone, which was a nod to the fact that at the time — not so long after the first, brick-like phones had hit the market — a smaller phone was seen as more high-tech, and was therefore generally trendier. Mirel Zaman,, 22 July 2021 Why treat the eagle attack on Bug as a jump scare instead of a sight gag? cleveland, 17 Aug. 2023 The sight gag recalls a famous recurring joke in Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which the knights ride fake horses while their squires hit coconuts together behind them to imitate horses’ feet. Time, 21 July 2023 As a springboard for sight gags, however, such eccentricity has its purposes. Peter Debruge, Variety, 3 Aug. 2023 In fact, that goes for any story about cannabis in the U.S. — money has always been lurking in the background, like a sight gag in a Cheech & Chong movie. Longreads, 20 Apr. 2023 Amid all the whooshing, though, try to hold on to the image of that circle, which isn’t the easiest thing to do amid all the sights and sounds, frenzied fight scenes and grotesque sight gags that Daniels — a.k.a. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2023 That sight gag would’ve suited Beau better. Peter Debruge, Variety, 10 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sight gag was in 1949

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“Sight gag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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