cue


cue
cue1 [kju:] n
[Sense: 1-4; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from qu, short form of Latin quando 'when', used as a direction in actors' copies of plays.]
[Sense: 5; Date: 1700-1800; : French; Origin: queue 'tail, cue', from Latin cauda]
1.) an action or event that is a signal for something else to happen
cue for
Our success was the cue for other companies to press ahead with new investment.
sb's cue to do sth
I think that's my cue to explain why I'm here.
2.) a word, phrase, or action in a play that is a signal for the next person to speak or act
She stood nervously in the wings waiting for her cue.
miss your cue
(=not speak or act when you are supposed to)
3.) (right/as if) on cue
happening or done at exactly the right moment
And then, on cue, the weather changed.
As if on cue, Sam arrived.
4.) take your cue from sb
to use someone else's actions or behaviour to show you what you should do or how you should behave
With interest rates, the smaller banks will take their cue from the Federal Bank.
baize, ↑cue, ↑pocket
5.) a long straight wooden stick used for hitting the ball in games such as ↑billiards and ↑pool
cue 2
cue2 v [T]
to give someone a sign that it is the right moment for them to speak or do something, especially during a performance
The studio manager will cue you when it's your turn to come on.
cue up [cue sth<=>up] phr v
to make a ↑cassette, ↑video, or ↑CD be exactly in the position you want it to be in, so that you can play something immediately when you are ready
The videotape's cued up and ready to go!

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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