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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In the meantime, I'll be in the market for a new tinfoil hat and cone of silence.
A) Create an eavesdropping-proof cone of silence in any hotel room.
8220;I'm sure there will be a cone of silence reference or two,” Smith added.
They might as well have been Maxwell Smart reporting from The Cone of Silence.
The Cone of Silence sailed consistently well over the weekend with McConaghy MD Jono Morris at the helm: "It was fantastic sailing, some of the best racing I have ever done.
Finally, the WSR-88D has a cone of silence over the radar site since the antenna is not tilted higher than 19 degrees.
The group entered a media cone of silence for a while, but its members recently allowed the camera to be turned on themselves in Alison Ellwood's new documentary, which promises to tell the story of The Eagles' formation, chart-topping hits such as "Hotel California," and what's happened since they reunited in 1994.
Unless he said something in Maxwell Smart's Cone of Silence.
The point is this: If you care about your long-term business reputation, don't make phone calls on your shoe or have client meetings in a cone of silence.
Americans are eternally fascinated with presidential children, and perhaps none more so than Chelsea, who arrived at the White House as a gawky 12-year-old with frizzy hair and braces, and grew up before the nation's eyes, under a cone of silence that she has broken only rarely, to campaign for her mother, for instance, when Clinton's bid for the presidency was in jeopardy.
Insiders hint that the Alphabet may be kicking around the idea of putting together some sort of hour that would run sometime before the finale (as exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have said they plan to enter a cone of silence once the show concludes).
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.