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
* , Bk.XIII, Ch.iv:
* 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queen) , III.iv:
- And the olde knyght seyde unto the yonge knyght, ‘Sir, swith me.’
(label) To file a legal action against someone, generally a non-criminal action.
(label) To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead.
To clean (the beak, etc.).
To leave high and dry on shore.
- though oft looking backward, well she vewd, / Her selfe freed from that foster insolent, / And that it was a knight, which now her sewd , / Yet she no lesse the knight feard, then that villein rude.
* sue for peace