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Topic: OTHER GAMES

Sense: 1-4
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from qu, short form of Latin quando 'when', used as a direction in actors' copies of plays.
Sense: 5
Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: queue 'tail, cue', from Latin cauda

cue

1 noun
     
cue1 [countable]
1 an action or event that is a signal for something else to happen
cue for
Our success was the cue for other companies to press ahead with new investment.
somebody's cue to do something
I think that's my cue to explain why I'm here.
2 a word, phrase, or action in a play that is a signal for the next person to speak or act:
She stood nervously in the wings waiting for her cue.
miss your cue (=not speak or act when you are supposed to)
3

(right/as if) on cue

happening or done at exactly the right moment:
And then, on cue, the weather changed.
As if on cue, Sam arrived.
4

take your cue from somebody

to use someone else's actions or behaviour to show you what you should do or how you should behave:
With interest rates, the smaller banks will take their cue from the Federal Bank.
cue
5DGO a long straight wooden stick used for hitting the ball in games such as billiards and pool
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