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).

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.]
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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