Definition of applause line in English:

applause line


  • A statement in a political speech calculated to win a favourable response from an audience.

    ‘an urgent plea for health-care reform is still a reliable applause line’
    • ‘In opening remarks in an after-dinner speech to farmers, he offered what is usually a guaranteed applause line: he generously praised the cooks for a ‘fine meal,’ noting the fish had been particularly tasty.’
    • ‘That's a great applause line on the rubber chicken circuit, but it won't wash here.’
    • ‘He probably sacrificed clarity for a good applause line.’
    • ‘Incidentally, the average amount of continuous speech between applause lines was 29.28 seconds.’
    • ‘All I can say is, I saw a tape of the speech, and it wasn't a quip - it was an applause line.’
    • ‘He would nail a good applause line and then rush into the next verse of the speech.’
    • ‘She was racing through that speech, stepping on really obvious applause lines and in effect doing a disservice to what was a very carefully crafted speech.’
    • ‘Not only was the idea well received, he found that it was his biggest applause line on the stump.’
    • ‘His biggest applause line of the night came when he took a shot at trial lawyers.’
    • ‘Maybe she was still working on the applause lines for her upcoming presidential campaign.’
    • ‘Personally, I've always found campaign debates pretty uninteresting because the candidates simply ignore the questions and fire off their usual tiresome applause lines.’
    • ‘This last remark may not work as an applause line at Democratic rallies, but it appears to have been meant as a compliment.’
    • ‘But he kept stepping on his applause lines, and overall his oratory was not much more than serviceable.’
    • ‘Then, after he larded an extended passage on his healthcare proposals with long, tortured minutes of eye-glazing figures, he arrived at a climactic applause line.’
    • ‘They complained that he talked too fast, stepped on his applause lines, and plowed through the cheers of the crowd as if he couldn't hear them or was afraid to stop.’
    • ‘‘That applause line stays in,’ he told us, and he used it right through to Election Day.’
    • ‘Yet these sincere sentiments do not generate easy applause lines.’
    • ‘As far as I can tell, his biggest applause line so far was ‘Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man’.’
    • ‘Where a month ago, he was bringing supporters to their feet by just waving, now he's lucky to get a strong round of applause from what used to be guaranteed applause lines from stump speeches.’
    • ‘They failed to join in the clapping at the president's applause lines.’