sound off

verb
1. express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation (Freq. 1)
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John spoke up at the meeting

Syn: ↑opine, ↑speak up, ↑speak out, ↑animadvert
Derivationally related forms: ↑opinionative (for: ↑opine), ↑opinion (for: ↑opine)
Hypernyms: ↑declare
Hyponyms: ↑editorialize, ↑editorialise
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

2. start playing
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The musicians struck up a tune

Syn: ↑strike up
Topics: ↑music
Hypernyms: ↑play
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

3. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
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My mother complains all day

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She has a lot to kick about

Syn: ↑complain, ↑kick, ↑plain, ↑quetch, ↑kvetch
Ant: ↑cheer (for: ↑complain)
Derivationally related forms: ↑kick (for: ↑kick), ↑complaint (for: ↑complain), ↑complainer (for: ↑complain)
Hyponyms:
nag, ↑peck, ↑hen-peck, ↑backbite, ↑bitch, ↑whine, ↑grizzle, ↑yammer, ↑yawp, ↑murmur, ↑mutter, ↑grumble, ↑croak, ↑gnarl, ↑grouch, ↑scold, ↑protest, ↑repine, ↑gripe, ↑grouse, ↑crab, ↑beef, ↑squawk, ↑bellyache, ↑holler, ↑rail, ↑inveigh, ↑deplore, ↑lament, ↑bewail, ↑bemoan, ↑report, ↑bleat
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

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I. intransitive verb
1.
a. : to play three chords before and after marching from right to left of the line of troops and back during a ceremonial parade or formal guard mount — used of the band or field music
b. : to play the sound off, march as indicated, and play the sound off again
2. : to count cadence while marching
3.
a. : to speak up in a loud voice
b. : to voice one's opinions freely, vigorously, and often somewhat belligerently

sounded off on how publishers should run their papers — Newsweek

II. noun
: the three chords sounded by the band or field music in a military ceremony — often used as a command

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sound off (
sound

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ˌsound ˈoff [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they sound off he/she/it sounds off present participle sounding off past tense sounded off past participle sounded off] phrasal verb
to express your opinions loudly, especially in an unreasonable way
sound off about:

Maria’s always sounding off about politics.

Thesaurus: to give your opinionsynonym
Main entry: sound

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express one's opinions in a loud or forceful manner

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sound off [phrasal verb]
1 : to say your opinions in a very direct and often angry way

She sounded off about the unequal pay raises.

2 US : to count out loud the steps you take while marching

The troops were sounding off during their exercises.

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Main Entry:sound

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • sound off — {v.} 1. To say your name or count One! Two! Three! Four! as you march. Used as orders in U.S. military service. * / Sound off! said the sergeant, and the soldiers shouted, One! Two! Three! Four! with each step as they marched./ 2. {informal} To… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sound off — {v.} 1. To say your name or count One! Two! Three! Four! as you march. Used as orders in U.S. military service. * / Sound off! said the sergeant, and the soldiers shouted, One! Two! Three! Four! with each step as they marched./ 2. {informal} To… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sound off — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms sound off : present tense I/you/we/they sound off he/she/it sounds off present participle sounding off past tense sounded off past participle sounded off to express your opinions loudly, especially in an… …   English dictionary

  • sound off — v. (colloq.) (D; intr.) to sound off against ( to criticize ) (to sound off against an idea) * * * [ saʊnd ɒf] (colloq.) (D; intr.) to sound off against (to sound off against an idea; to criticize ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sound\ off — v 1. To say your name or count One! two! three! Four! as you march. Used as orders in U.S. military service. Sound off! said the sergeant, and the soldiers shouted, One! two! three! Four! with each step as they marched. 2. informal To tell what… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sound off — to express your opinion forcefully. On the Internet, people can sound off, in real time, about whatever they want …   New idioms dictionary

  • sound off — PHRASAL VERB (disapproval) If someone sounds off, they express their opinions strongly and rather rudely without being asked. [INFORMAL] [V P about/on n] It is surprising how many people start sounding off about something without really deciding… …   English dictionary

  • sound off — complain, get it off your chest, speak out    He was sounding off about our papers how bad they were …   English idioms

  • sound off — express one s opinions loudly or forcefully. → sound …   English new terms dictionary

  • sound off — verb To hold forth about something in an opinionated manner Im sick of his sounding off about how he thinks this country should run! …   Wiktionary


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