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Sense 2 is derived from the cinematic metaphor of chirping crickets at night, signaling (otherwise) complete quiet.
- plural of .
- (US, slang, humorous) Used alone or in metaphorically descriptive phrases: absolute silence; no communication.
- Since then, I've received no response. Not a word. Just... crickets.
- We asked for an explanation, but all we heard was the sound of crickets.
2015 September 14, Monica Davey, “Panel studying racial divide in Missouri presents a blunt picture of inequity [print version: Report blunt on race inequity, International New York Times, 15 September 2015, page 7]”, in The New York Times:
- Maria Chapelle-Nadal, a Democratic state senator, said she feared that the commission's findings would be announced with great fanfare, "but then we're just going to hear crickets, crickets, crickets."
2016 June 27, Ellen Barry, “To U.S. in ’70s, a dissenting diplomat. To Bangladesh, ‘a true friend.’ [print version: A dissenter remembered: Diplomat pushed U.S. to condemn Pakistan’s 1971 assault on Dhaka, International New York Times, 29 June 2016, page 2]”, in The New York Times:
- Expressing mild annoyance.
- indefinite genitive singular of cricket