Hear hear


What's the meaning of the phrase 'Hear hear'?

A shout of acclamation or agreement.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Hear hear'?

Originated in the British parliament in the 18th century as a contraction of ‘hear him, hear him’. It is still often heard there although it is often used ironically these days.

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Gary Martin

Writer and researcher on the origins of phrases and the creator of the Phrase Finder website. Over the past 26 years more than 700 million of his pages have been downloaded by readers. He is one of the most popular and trusted sources of information on phrases and idioms.