From the letter Q, abbreviation of (etyl) quando (“when”), marked on actor's play copy where they were to begin.
An action or event that is a signal for somebody to do something.
, date=November 3
, author=Chris Bevan
, title=Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=This time Cudicini was left helpless when Natcho stepped up to expertly curl the ball into the top corner.
That was the cue
for further pressure from the Russian side and it took further Cudicini saves to keep the score down.}}
The last words of a play actor's speech, serving as an intimation for the next actor to speak; any word or words which serve to remind an actor to speak or to do something; a catchword.
A hint or intimation.
* Jonathan Swift
- When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer.
(obsolete) Humour; temper of mind.
(obsolete, UK, universities) A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing and noted with a q (for (etyl) quadrans farthing) in the buttery books.
* Hast thou suck'd Philosophy, ate cues , drank cees?
- Give them [the servants] their cue to attend in two lines as he leaves the house.
* on cue
* sensory cue
To give someone a cue signal.
- Cue the cameraman, and action!
, date=May 27
, author=Nathan Rabin
, title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)
, work=The Onion AV Club
, passage=The episode also opens with an inspired bit of business for Homer, who blithely refuses to acquiesce to an elderly neighbor’s utterly reasonable request that he help make the process of selling her house easier by wearing pants when he gallivants about in front of windows, throw out his impressive collection of rotting Jack-O-Lanterns from previous Halloweens and take out his garbage, as it’s attracting wildlife (cue
moose and Northern Exposure theme song).}}
Variant of queue .
(sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in various games.
(obsolete) The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.
* cue ball
(sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To take aim on the cue ball with the cue and hit it.
To form into a cue; to braid; to twist.
* cue up
* , in 1913 , Navy Records Society, The Naval Tracts of Sir William Monson , Volume 45,
* , quoted in 1990 , Brian Tunstall, Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail: The Evolution of Fighting Tactics 1650-1815 ,
- These quartermasters are also to take their turns in the cunding of the ship,.
- he was ever calling in the quarter-master which cunded [conned] the ship to luff her nearer, giving me commands to forbear firing till we got up close to them.