a trumpet-shaped instrument used to carry the voice a great distance or held to the ear by a deaf person to aid his hearing
noun 1. a tube for conveying the voice over a somewhat limited distance, as from one part of a building or ship to another. speaking tube noun 1. a tube or pipe for conveying a person’s voice from one room, area, or building to another
noun, Numismatics. 1. a device on a medal or coin that has a punning reference to a person or thing.
- Speak of the devil
The person just mentioned has appeared, as in Why, speak of the devil—there’s Jeannie. This expression is a shortening of the older Speak of the devil and he’s sure to appear, based on the superstition that pronouncing the devil’s name will cause his arrival on the scene. The figurative use was already explained in James […]
- Speak out of turn
see: out of turn , def. 2.