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radio silence Line breaks: radio si|lence

Definition of radio silence in English:

noun

1An absence of or abstention from radio transmission: at midnight, the enemy went on total radio silence
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  • The imposition of radio silence during such missions made me more of a gunner than a radioman.
  • One wounded plane came limping back to base in radio silence.
  • Maintaining total radio silence, the Strike Force took a route through the North Pacific, which had proven wholly devoid of shipping under normal circumstances.
1.1A period during which one hears nothing from a normally communicative person or group: apologies for the radio silence but I’ve had my nose to the grindstone this week
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  • I've been out of sorts for several days, hence the relative radio silence here.
  • Been in a meeting all afternoon at the Strand, hence radio silence.
  • The "radio silence" of being without a home phone, let alone the ubiquitous cell phone, is startling.

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