you could hear a pin drop

Definition of you could hear a pin drop

  1. —used to say that it was so quiet that the smallest noise could be heard After he announced that he was leaving, you could hear a pin drop in the office.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

    :  one

couldplay
  1. : past tense ofcan

    : used in auxiliary function in the past , in the past conditional , and as an alternative to can suggesting less force or certainty or as a polite form in the present

hearplay
  1. :  to perceive or become aware of by the ear

    :  to gain knowledge of by hearing

    :  to listen to with attention :  heed

  1. :  a piece of solid material (as wood or metal) used especially for fastening things together or as a support by which one thing may be suspended from another

    :  the center peg of a target

    :  the center itself

  1. :  to fasten, join, or secure with a pin

    :  to hold fast or immobile

    :  to present (a young woman) with a fraternity pin as a pledge of affection

  1. :  of or relating to a pin

    :  having a grain suggesting the heads of pins

dropplay
  1. :  the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass

    :  a dose of medicine measured by drops

    :  a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible

  1. :  to fall in drops

    :  to fall (see 1fall 1a) unexpectedly or suddenly

    :  to descend (see descend 1) from one line or level to another


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