Definition of Bronx cheer in English:

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Bronx cheer

Pronunciation: /ˌbrɒŋks ˈtʃɪə/

noun

North American informal
A sound of derision or contempt made by blowing through closed lips with the tongue between them.
Example sentences
  • Any hint of talking down to the troops with high-flown hyperbole was promptly greeted with catcalls and Bronx cheers.
  • People waved pom-poms, held up signs, and mixed Brooklyn catcalls with Bronx cheers.
  • New York is one of the most reliably Democratic cities in the nation, and it's hardly surprising to hear a Republican president getting a Bronx cheer in that part of the country.

Origin

1920s: named after the Bronx in New York.

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