pregnant pause

A pause that gives the impression that it will be followed by something significant.

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  • pregnant pause —    A pregnant pause is a moment of silence full of unexpressed meaning.     There was a pregnant pause before the president answered the journalist s question …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • (a) pregnant pause — a pregnant ˈpause/ˈsilence idiom an occasion when nobody speaks, although people are aware that there are feelings or thoughts to express • There was a pregnant pause before she replied. Main entry: ↑pregnantidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • pregnant — preg|nant S3 [ˈpregnənt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: praegnans, from praegnas, from prae ( PRE ) + gnatus born ] 1.) if a woman or female animal is pregnant, she has an unborn baby growing inside her body →↑pregnancy ▪ medical care for …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pregnant — adjective 1 having an unborn baby growing inside your body: On the same day I started the job I found out I was pregnant. | twenty weeks/three months etc pregnant: She went skiing when she was 7 months pregnant! | get pregnant: It came as a shock …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pregnant — preg|nant [ pregnənt ] adjective ** 1. ) if a woman is pregnant, she has a baby developing inside her body: You should not smoke if you are pregnant. I was eight months pregnant at the time. get/become pregnant: She s been trying to get pregnant… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pregnant */*/ — UK [ˈpreɡnənt] / US adjective 1) if a woman is pregnant, she has a baby developing inside her body You should not smoke if you are pregnant. I was eight months pregnant at the time. get/become pregnant: She s been trying to get pregnant for a… …   English dictionary

  • pregnant — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin praegnant , praegnans carrying a fetus, alteration of praegnas, from prae pre + gnas (akin to gignere to give birth to) more at kin Date: 14th century 1. archaic cogent 2. abounding in fancy, wit,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pregnant — adjective 1) she is pregnant Syn: expecting a baby, expectant, carrying a child; informal expecting, in the family way, with a bun in the oven, knocked up; chiefly Brit., informal preggers; informal, dated in trouble; archaic with child;… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • pregnant — adj. 1 (of a woman or female animal) having a child or young developing in the uterus. 2 full of meaning; significant or suggestive (a pregnant pause). 3 (esp. of a person s mind) imaginative, inventive. 4 (foll. by with) plentifully provided… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pregnant — adjective 1) she is pregnant Syn: expecting, expectant, carrying a child; informal in the family way, preggers 2) a pregnant pause Syn: meaningful, significant, suggestive, expressive, charged …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

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