cone of silence


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cone of silence

An inverted cone-shaped space directly over the aerial towers of some forms of radio beacons in which signals are unheard or greatly reduced in volume. See also Z marker beacon.
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When things go terribly wrong and a patient dies or is badly injured, the staff reaction in most medical settings is to retract into a cone of silence, Patricia said.
But nearby, in the middle of New York City's Union Square, there seemed to be a cone of silence.
Directed by Peter Segal, Get Smart incorporates many familiar characters and gizmos from the TV series including Max's shoe phone and the so-called Cone Of Silence, which allows CONTROL operatives to talk to one another without being overheard.
The Dodgers not helping themselves with their sudden cone of silence.
They managed to have several of his articles taken off the Internet, and the cone of silence regarding his homosexuality was proving effective, if excruciating for Hunt.
For their part, the property owners, some of whom had been happy to speak publicly before Friday, decided to lower the cone of silence and also declined to comment on the talks.
There is a cone of silence around physical abnormality, no matter its cause or course.
Negative trends like burnout, teacher isolation, kids falling through the cracks, miseducative teaching practices and a diminished sense of professionalism can result from this time-honored classroom cone of silence.