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Expressions used for telling someone to pay attention - thesaurus

Synonyms

right

interjection

used for making someone pay attention before you say something

now then

used for getting someone’s attention when you are starting to talk about something new

hello

interjection

used for calling to someone to get their attention

all right

interjection

used for getting someone’s attention when you want to start talking about or doing something new

see?

used for making sure that someone is paying attention to what you are saying and that they understand it

here

adverb

Britishspoken used for getting someone’s attention, especially because you are annoyed with them

listen up

used for getting the attention of a noisy group of people

hey

interjection

used for getting someone’s attention or for showing that you are surprised or annoyed

look what/how

verb

used for making a suggestion or when you want someone to pay attention to what you are going to say

just/wait a moment

used for asking someone to give you their attention for a short time

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ahem

interjection

used in writing to represent a sound that you make to get someone’s attention in a polite and quiet way

all right

interjection

used for getting someone’s attention when you want to ask what they are doing or what is happening, especially when you are annoyed

(be) careful

used for telling someone to pay attention, for example in order to avoid an accident

behold

interjection

literary used for telling someone to look at something

cooee

interjection

British a word used for attracting someone’s attention

do you hear (me)?/you hear (me)?

used for emphasizing what you are saying, especially when you think someone is not paying attention

get a load of

used for telling someone to look at or listen to someone or something that you think is funny or interesting

hang about

used for saying that you disagree with what someone is saying or doing or that you want them to listen to you

hang on/hold on a minute

used when you are annoyed and want someone to stop what they are doing and listen

heads up

used for telling someone to pay attention or for warning them about something

ho

interjection

something you say to get someone’s attention

hold on

used for telling someone to listen or think

how’s that for...?

used for asking someone to notice an example of a particular quality

I say

used for attracting someone’s attention

listen (here)

used when you want someone to pay attention to what you are saying, especially when you are annoyed with them

lo

interjection

an old word used for telling someone to look at something or to pay attention to it

look at that

spoken used for telling someone to look at something because it is surprising, unusual etc

look here!

used for getting someone’s attention when you are angry or annoyed about something that they have done

look what/how

verb

spoken used when you want someone to look at something surprising or interesting

NB

abbreviation

used for saying you should pay particular attention to the information that follows

oi

interjection

a rude way of attracting someone’s attention, especially when you think they are doing something wrong

oyez

interjection

an old word meaning ‘Listen!’ used in the past by a town crier before announcing important news

people

noun

mainly Americanspoken used when you are talking to the people in a room or group, especially when you want them to listen

psst

interjection

used for getting someone’s attention without other people noticing

right

interjection

used in an informal way for checking that someone is paying attention and understands what you are saying

roll up

British used for getting people’s attention when you want to tell them to come and watch something or take part in something

say

interjection

mainly Americaninformal used for getting someone’s attention before you ask a question or make a suggestion or remark

wake up and smell the coffee

informal used for telling someone that they need to pay attention to what is happening in a situation they are in, usually a situation that is not good

wakey-wakey

interjection

Britishinformal used for telling someone in a humorous way that they should wake up or should pay attention

watch

verb

spoken used for telling someone to look at you while you do something

yo

interjection

mainly Americanvery informal used for getting someone’s attention, or for greeting someone

yoo hoo

interjection

informal a way of calling to someone to get their attention

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