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cuenoun [C]

uk   us   /kjuː/
  • cue noun [C] (SIGNAL)

a word or ​action in a ​play or ​film that is used as a ​signal by a ​performer to ​begin saying or doing something a ​signal for someone to do something: [+ to infinitive] They ​startedwashing up, so that was ​our cue toleave the ​party.on cue If something ​happens on cue, it ​happens just after someone has said or ​thought it would ​happen: I was just ​wondering where Sarah was, when, ​right on cue, she came in.take your cue from sb to take ​notice of someone's words or ​behaviour so that you ​know what you should do: She ​watched his ​lipscarefully and took her cue from him.
  • cue noun [C] (STICK)

a ​long, ​thinwoodenpole with a ​smallpiece of ​leather at one end, used for ​hitting the ​ball in ​games such as billiards or snooker

cueverb [T]

uk   us   /kjuː/ (present participle cueing, past tense and past participle cued) (also cue in)
to give someone a ​signal to do something: With a ​nod of his ​head, the ​drummer cued the ​leadsinger in.
(Definition of cue from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cuenoun [C]

 us   /kju/
  • cue noun [C] (SIGNAL)

a ​signal for someone to do or say something, esp. in a ​play or ​movie: She ​waited for her cue – the ​ring of the ​telephone – to come on ​stage. Being ​passed over for ​promotiontwice was his cue to ​startlooking for another ​job.
  • cue noun [C] (STICK)

in the ​game of ​pool, a ​long, round, ​woodenstickheld at one end and used to ​hit a ​whiteball and move it against another or other ​balls to ​roll them into ​holes around the ​edge of a ​tablecovered with ​cloth
(Definition of cue from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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