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deafening silence

This page is about the collocation deafening silence

collocation pattern: adjective + noun

Meaning

a silence that everyone notices

For example

  • After I said we were getting divorced, the room was filled with a deafening silence.

  • The president responsed to the corruption scandal with a deafening silence.

Quick Quiz

A deafening silence often occurs when

a. people are embarrassed

b. a room is empty

c. no-one can hear

Contributor: Matt Errey