Definition of idiot board in English:

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idiot board

Pronunciation: /ˈidēət ˌbô(ə)rd/
(also idiot card)


A board displaying a television script to a speaker as an aid to memory.
Example sentences
  • ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ plays on the soundtrack, while a flawlessly deadpan Dylan holds up idiot cards with phrases from the lyrics scrawled on them, so you can get the message.
  • It's so predictable, you expect idiot cards - LAUGH, FEEL MUSHY, APPLAUD - to flash across the screen.
  • With Peter, I was slightly worried because I had heard stories from friends who worked on the Harry Potter films about Richard Harris being [drunk], having to have huge idiot boards and earpieces, and having had temper tantrums.

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Syllabification: id·i·ot board

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