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So quiet you could hear a pin drop

Posted by R. Berg on December 11, 2001

In Reply to: So quiet you could hear a pin drop posted by Nikki on December 09, 2001

: Does anybody have any idea where this saying originated or what it applies to?

It applies to any instance of silence or near-silence. I haven't found an origin for it specifically. The Oxford English Dictionary has a quotation from 1870, "As the phrase is, 'you might have heard a pin fall'" (Miss Mulock, "Fair France").