cue

cue
I UK [kjuː] / US [kju] noun [countable]
Word forms "cue":
singular cue plural cues
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1) something that an actor does or says as a signal to another actor to do or say something
2) an event, action, or statement that tells someone indirectly that they should do something
cue for:

Greg's arrival seemed to be the cue for everyone to get up and start dancing.

a cue to do something:

I took her tired face as my cue to leave.

3) a long thin stick that you use for hitting the ball in games such as snooker and pool

(right) on cue — often humorous at exactly the right moment, or exactly when you expect

Just as we're leaving, right on cue, the kids say they need the toilet.


II UK [kjuː] / US [kju] verb [transitive]
Word forms "cue":
present tense I/you/we/they cue he/she/it cues present participle cueing past tense cued past participle cued
to give someone, usually an actor or other performer, a signal to do or say something

English dictionary. 2014.

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