indoor voice

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indoor voice (plural indoor voices)

  1. A calm, quiet voice, used to avoid disturbing others.
    • 2011, Lisa Unger, Darkness, My Old Friend, Broadway (2011), →ISBN, page 57:
      The toddler at the far table issued a little shriek of delight over something. "Indoor voice," his mother whispered.
    • 2014, Bobbi Govanus, How To Pilot When We Were Raised to BE Stewardesses: Reinventing Your Life with Passion and Purpose, Lulu.com (2014), →ISBN, page 18:
      She knew when I was on a business call that she had to be quiet and use her indoor voice.
    • 2014, Kate Racculia, Bellweather Rhapsody, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2014), →ISBN, page 242:
      She's easy to be with, provided you don't mind the constant chatter, the non-sequitur song cues, or her total lack of an indoor voice.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:indoor voice.

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