Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

make all the right noises

make all the right noises
Meaning(s)
1) say things that you feel you are expected to say, often without meaning them
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    • he/she made all the right noises, but it never actually led to anything
  • Analysis

    If you say someone is 'making all the right noises' it means that they are showing concern or enthusiasm because they feel they are expected to rather than expressing a genuine feeling or emotion. Someone who 'makes all the right noises' says or does the correct things in order to convince others of their position.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. When I asked for Kevin's opinion on my new car, he made all the right noises, but I could tell by looking at him that he wasn't impressed.
    2. The politician knows how to make all the right noises to convince people to vote for him, but I don't think he really means anything he says.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Our boss made all the right noises about improving our working conditions, but in the end it never actually led to anything.
    2. So far she seems to be making all the right noises, but only time will tell if she will make a good CEO or not.
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