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sight gag

n.
A comic bit or effect that depends on sight rather than words.
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sight′ gag`


n.
a comic effect produced by visual means rather than by spoken lines, as in a motion picture.
[1945–50]
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Noun1.sight gag - a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie)sight gag - a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie)
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
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Nearly wordless and told entirely through sight gags and sound effects, this easy-to-read little adventure will leave kids and parents giggling through every reading.
But the endless, alliterative phrases for sex and countless in-your-face sight gags dilute But the endless, alliterative phrases for sex and countless in-your-face sight gags dilute the characters and turn the mood wearingly lewd.
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