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    Peanut gallery

    Quote Originally Posted by Some guy on some forum
    It was difficult to convince him as I was getting pelted by potato(e)s and tomatos from the peanut gallery.
    What's that peanut gallery stuff? I googled a bit and found some kind of kid show, but was it famous for flying veggies?
    BTW the sentence is figurative...

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    Re: Peanut gallery

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    What's that peanut gallery stuff? I googled a bit and found some kind of kid show, but was it famous for flying veggies?
    BTW the sentence is figurative...

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    In the olden days , movie theatres sold peanuts, and they also had balconies. If the people watching the movie didn't like a particular scene or even if they liked the scene, they'd throw peanuts, which, if thrown from the balcony, would land on the people seated below.

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    Re: Peanut gallery

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    What's that peanut gallery stuff? I googled a bit and found some kind of kid show, but was it famous for flying veggies?
    BTW the sentence is figurative...

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    Peanut gallery can mean a few things:

    child audience or ignorant spectators who can indeed start throwing things around and get really noisy ( just like Cassy explained).


    We usually use that term ( in Canada at least) when we talk about the cheapest seats at the hockey arena ( or any other arena for that matter) - the uppermost area where you can't really see too much. We call those peanut gallery seats or a "nose bleed" section.

    Also, the peanut gallery term is oftentimes used to signify an unimportant opinion:

    ex.

    -Mom, it's not my fault I have a "C" in social studies again! This teacher is a real goof! He reads everything from a book, never jokes, never smiles and has a bad breath.
    -I see, another peanut gallery opinion when you know you might not pass....hmmmm

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    Re: Peanut gallery

    I've never heard this in the UK- maybe we throw other things.


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    OK, thank you for your answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    OK, thank you for your answers.

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    You're welcome. Natalie's additions are fab!


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    Re: Peanut gallery

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I've never heard this in the UK- maybe we throw other things.
    Like toilet rolls, at football matches.


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    Re: Peanut gallery

    Am I late?

    1. Late 19C, the top gallery, the 'gods' in a theatre.
    2. Late 19C, ignorant, vociferous spectaculors.
    3. 1940+, the front rowof the stalls in a cinema (the comsumption of peanuts by the occupants of these seats)

    Source is from: Cassell's Dictionary of Slang by Jonathon Green

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    Re: Peanut gallery

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    You're welcome. Natalie's additions are fab!
    Thank you, Cassy!

    The figurative meaning is that of a person of small stature, who makes a lot of noise but isn't much of a threat... in other words, a big yapper and a loudmouth.

    OK. so much from the peanut gallery, then

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