Meaning of “dumb show” in the English Dictionary


"dumb show" in English

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dumb shownoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈdʌm ˌʃəʊ/ us /ˈdʌm ˌʃoʊ/ UK

Examples from literature

  • After much dumb show, arrangements were made for the night. 
  • I never saw such admirable dumb show: it was better than any pantomime. 
  • I returned the greetings in dumb show, and hurried on. 
  • The dumb show of staring into each other's faces, squeezing fingers, and sighing, originated, we have reason to believe, with the ancient Romans. 
  • This was all in dumb show. 

(Definition of “dumb show” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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