peanut gallery


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peanut gallery

n.
1. The hindmost or uppermost section of seating in a theater balcony, where the seats are cheapest.
2. A group of people whose opinions are considered unimportant: "Pressure is building ... to force ... Alan Greenspan to cut interest rates and pump up the money supply. [He] has politely ignored these catcalls from the peanut gallery" (H. Erich Heinemann).
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pea′nut gal`lery


n. Slang.
1. the rearmost and cheapest section of seats in the balcony of a theater.
2. a source of insignificant criticism: No remarks from the peanut gallery!
[1885–90, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peanut gallery - (figurative) people whose criticisms are regarded as irrelevant or insignificant (resembling uneducated people who throw peanuts on the stage to express displeasure with a performance); "he ignored complaints from the peanut gallery"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
2.peanut gallery - rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seatspeanut gallery - rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seats
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
balcony - an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
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Populist leaders will say anything just to play to the peanut gallery or to fit the mood of the times.
The goal was to have participants at every location feel like they were either sitting across the table from one another (the bigwigs) or viewing from the peanut gallery (the non-speaking section behind the semicircular tables).
And once you do find an agent you trust, listen to him or her not the peanut gallery.
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So take some advice from the peanut gallery, and start that company you've been pondering!
'Let me just say that I've been president and I know more or less that the President has to consider so many things when he makes his decision so I'm not going to be a part of the peanut gallery making comments on his actions,' she said in an interview during her inspection of her retaining wall project in Sasmuan, Pampanga.
The image of a peanut gallery is accurate: he wanted to write for and from the farthest gallery in the theater, where only the most disadvantaged would sit.
'I support what the President does because I've been president and I believe that he does not need a peanut gallery to tell him what to do.'
Peanuts < peanut gallery (specifically, of the "Howdy Doody" show) < peanut < pea.
The advice from the peanut gallery sounded like a Springbok home game at Ellis Park, and I was pouring sweat!
In the peanut gallery, we're not sure what to think.