One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Sounds made offstage to be heard by the audience of a play.
- ‘In Frayn's play, the noises off are the backstage screams and war cries of the actors who are all wrapped up in a farce of their own.’
- 1.1 Distracting or intrusive background noise.
- ‘I found the noises off quite distracting.’
- ‘Concentrate. Shut out all distractions, interruptions and noises off.’
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