Definition of to the accompaniment of in US English:

to the accompaniment of

phrase

  • 1With accompanying or background music or sound from.

    ‘we filed out to the accompaniment of the organ’
  • 2With another event happening at the same time as.

    ‘the dam was completed to the accompaniment of numerous scandals’
    • ‘This is very different from events which have politicians and movie stars planting saplings to the accompaniment of camera flashes.’
    • ‘Because of his sacrilege, the cross flew down from the church steeple and stabbed him in the back, to the accompaniment of much lightning and thunder.’
    • ‘Jimmy Stewart gives a seven-minute vocal introduction to Harvey to the accompaniment of a photograph montage from the film.’
    • ‘Talking about life with a friend to the accompaniment of a chanting of a man standing at a shinto shrine less than a meter behind us, and the undertone of slow steady traffic maybe another couple of meters behind him.’
    • ‘A capacity crowd on the Friday night were in top voice to ensure that the show swung along to the accompaniment of cheers, boos and ‘behind you’ as every pukka pantomime should.’
    • ‘Festive lights in their thousands burst into life to the accompaniment of a huge cheer on Saturday night for the great St Mary's Place switch-on in Kilgetty.’
    • ‘Then the sirens faded away to the accompaniment of squealing tires.’
    • ‘The Northern Professor posted off his book this morning, to the accompaniment of many cheers from Miss Dog, Miss Cat, me, etc.’
    • ‘The quizzical look on his face as he inadvertently smashes the first tumbler of the festival, to the accompaniment of mocking applause throughout the hall, was priceless.’
    • ‘The grand finale is the defeat of Ravan, burned in effigy to the accompaniment of whoops and cheers.’
    • ‘The rains, not to speak of those that come with strong winds, invariably bring darkness, often to the accompaniment of loud thunder from clouds as well as exploding transformers.’
    • ‘The Tamil Research Centre organised the traditional event in the open, to the accompaniment of roaring engines, blaring horns and nagaswaram.’
    • ‘Their battle continues at a revved-up pace, to the accompaniment of sound effects, battle cries and tinny electronic music that will be instantly familiar to arcade buffs.’
    • ‘The howl cut off to the accompaniment of something heavy bouncing off the shingles of the porch roof outside, then shouts rang out as he dropped in unexpectedly on the Sathe below.’
    • ‘We arrived in the late morning, after a cold night in SeaTac airport, sleeping under bright lights to the accompaniment of automatic doors swishing open and shut, letting in gasps of snowy, frozen air.’
    • ‘Bemused Hawks retired for their half-time cuppa to the accompaniment of sarcastic cries of ‘easy’ from a section of the delighted Meggetland faithful.’
    • ‘The liftman pressed the button, but instead of going up, the lift just dropped before it stopped with a jerk, to the accompaniment of some smoke.’
    • ‘My Hogmanay was typified by three games of Cluedo with the kids, a glass of Bucks Fizz and a handful of inedible snacks to the accompaniment of increasingly loud Chinese fireworks.’
    • ‘So when the charge begins, it does so to the accompaniment of almost total silence.’
    • ‘He enters the classroom in a blinding heavenly light, to the accompaniment of whistling winds and rolling tumbleweed that usually accompanies Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western.’