expression about unwillingness to respond to a question

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mirla

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Russia, Russian
Hello,
I would like to ask if there is an expression in English for the following situation: a teacher, while carrying out a lesson, ask the whole class some question. Nobody raises his or her hand to respond. Seeing that there is nobody there who want to say something she remarks ironically: Well, a forest of hands.
'A forest of hands' is a Russian expression, but I wonder, how to say this in English.
I would appreciate your help!
 
  • Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I would prefer "a forest of hands" to "a sea of hands". For me, a sea of hands would refer to a rock concert in a stadium rather than a few dozen students in a classroom.

    The expression is not common but it is certainly used.


    Photograph: A forest of hands
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/megacrash/2442030799/



    • 00:32:03 The host turned to her and said, "Would you do a reading for the audience?"
    • 00:32:07 Sharon turned to the audience and says, "Has anyone here lost a Mary?"
    • 00:32:13 In lreland! A forest of hands shoot up,
    • 00:32:18 People are always losing Marys in lreland
    Dara O'Briain Talks Funny: Live in London
    http://www.subzin.com/quotes/Dara+O...London/In+lreland!+A+forest+of+hands+shoot+up
     
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    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    . . . a teacher, while carrying out a lesson, asks the whole class some question. Nobody raises his or her hand to respond. Seeing that there is nobody there who wants to say something, she remarks ironically: "Well, a forest of hands."
    I'd say that the teacher's sarcastic comment works just fine in English! :thumbsup:
     
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