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Examples of sounding board in a Sentence
My friend is my sounding board for new ideas.
Recent Examples of sounding board from the Web
McGowan used her Twitter account as a sounding board this week to expose a culture of complicity in Hollywood after countless women spoke up about their terrifying experiences with mega-producer Harvey Weinstein.
Pelecanos and Simon leaned even more than usual on longtime producer Nina Noble, who became a sounding board for the actresses.
The Bears could elect to keep veteran Mark Sanchez as a backup and a sounding board in the meeting room and on the practice fields for both Glennon and Trubisky.
Personal note: Joe Rago was a particular friend and sounding board for this column.
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The Literal Origins of sounding board
Beginning during the Renaissance, a flat wooden canopy called a sounding board was placed over church pulpits, amplifying the sound of the preacher's voice, carrying it to the farthest reaches of the church. Similarly, ideas can be spread by a figurative sounding board. A publication, for example, can be a sounding board for propaganda. That's one modern sense of the word. But when sound bounces off a literal sounding board, not only does it reach more people, it also comes across more clearly. Likewise, bouncing ideas off another person can lend clarity to one's thought processes. If someone comes to you and says "How does this sound?" and leaves with his or her mind made up (whether or not you've ventured a word), you have served as a very effective sounding board.
First Known Use of sounding board
SOUNDING BOARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sounding board for English Language Learners
: a person or group with whom you discuss ideas to see if the ideas are good
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