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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
What makes the whole arrangement even more unorthodox is that Estiarte, despite being friend, confidante and sounding board to the most successful soccer manager on the planet, has never played or coached professional soccer at any level.
Jamison used her own stories mostly as lens and sounding board for her reporting.
The Washington group helped alert potential candidates to the opening and would be another sounding board as commissioners draft interview questions for applicants, Soboroff said.
There was still the matter of the paneled wall, with its working doors; another wall that drops; a moving stand for a cellist, with sound boards underneath; and metal walls for a balcony pas de deux.
In a conventional professional sports organization, the GM is the key figure, the final arbiter, and the coach is an interested participant who operates as something of a sounding board with an opinion.
Mentored as a young player by likely future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed, Webb became a defensive leader and a sounding board for many of the Ravens young defensive backs.
The artist first gathered the noises generated by the process of building a piano from component parts — everything from tightening the tuning pins and laying in the sounding board to ratcheting on the piano legs.
Their absence will deprive Mr. Trump and his daughter and son-in-law of many of the aides who served as crucial buffers and sounding boards as a turbulent and politically uncertain year begins.
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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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