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    What is "pregnant pause" in the following para: " The villarous Dr. Evil demanded $ i million from the UN to hold the world at ransom. After a pregnant pause, the boys in the UN burst out laughing. Dr. Evil is told that any repectable villain would have asked for at least $ 1 billion.

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    Re: pregnant pause

    1. Weighty or significant; full of meaning; e.g., a conversation occasionally punctuated by pregnant pauses
    Source: pregnant - definition of pregnant by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    2. From Re: Pregnant Pause
    Metaphor. Some pauses resemble literal pregnancies in that they are filled with meaning, as a pregnant body is filled with the offspring to be born; and they are forward-looking--that is, they have the listener waiting for the next utterance--in something of the same way that a pregnancy portends the forthcoming birth. The Oxford English Dictionary gives examples of the word "pregnant" used with the sense of "full of meaning" beginning in the 15th century.

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