Definition of secondhand speech in English:

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secondhand speech

Entry from US English dictionary


Conversation on a mobile phone that is overheard by people nearby: I was alternately amused and annoyed by the secondhand speech in the waiting room
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  • My favorite description of a growing annoyance is secondhand speech, ''the cellphone equivalent of secondhand smoke.''

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Syllabification: sec·ond·hand speech

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