from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The hindmost or uppermost section of seating in a theater balcony, where the seats are cheapest.
- noun A group of people whose opinions are considered unimportant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- The cheapest seats in a theater, being typically those farthest from the stage, as in the uppermost balcony.
- In a television show for children, the section where visiting children sit as guests during the performance.
- colloq. Any group of children, or the chidren in a group of people.
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- noun idiomatic Any source of
heckling, unwelcome commentaryor criticism, especially from a know-it-allor of an inexpertnature.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun (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)
- noun rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seats
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The historically prior sense of “an upper balcony for black patrons” probably derives from an early association between peanuts and the African slaves who first introduced them to America; the extended sense of “a source of heckling” most probably derives from the disesteem in which those balconies and their occupants were generally held.
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