a fly on the wall

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a fly on the wall

"a fly on the wall"

to secretly see and hear what happens


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a fly on the wall

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  It looks like something big is happening. Our manager and the general manager have been talking heatedly for about an hour now.

Colleague 2:  There have been so many rumors flying around the office lately.

Colleague 1:  Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall in that meeting?

Colleague 2:  Sure, then we'd know what was going on around here.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a fly on the wall

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard that Anita is going to break things off with Allan.

Friend 2:  Oh, Allan is going to be so upset but what does he expect. He has been treating Anita badly for years.

Friend 1:  I'm sure that Anita is going to really get upset with Allan.

Friend 2:  I sure wish I could be a fly on the wall for that break-up. It would be very entertaining to be a secret observer.

a fly on the wall - Usage:


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a fly on the wall - Gerund Form:

Being a fly on the wall when your best friends break up could be interesting.

a fly on the wall - Examples:

1)  How many marketers have yearned to be a fly on the wall, gaining real insight into the perception of their product?

2)  I want to be a fly on the wall. There will be some good stories flying around that group.

3)  ... actions secret from everyone he knows and loves, makes the reader feel like a fly on the wall ...

4)  Carter's writing is amazing as he makes you feel like a fly on the wall for the various meetings.

5)  Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in The White House with Obama and Bell.

6)  Selling through social channels (social selling) is the closest thing to being a fly on the wall in your customers, prospects and competitor's world.

7)  ... have changed, especially with the filmed therapy sessions where we get to be a fly on the wall to see and hear the members " sharing " there feelings.

8)  I know I've often wanted to be a fly on the wall. But do you really need to know EVERYTHING?

9)  For me, it was a great chance to be a "fly on the wall" as experts from around the country talked about how the Federal ...

10)  Oh, to have been a fly on the wall when Jose had to explain himself to his boss.

11)  I was curious about the work behind-the-scenes. I would dearly love to be a fly on the wall during one of the Boisset marketing and event meetings.

12)  Nice random video. I felt like I was a fly on the wall listening to an interesting bar conversation.

13)  I would love to be a fly on the wall when he explains this beatdown to all the suckers who gave him ...

14)  It was kind of eerie to hear these conversations and to be a fly on the wall of this man and this legend.

15)  I have always felt podcasts represent the opportunity to be the fly on the wall of conversations I would have previously never have been able to be ...

16)  I wish I could be a fly on the wall at a hairdressing school and find out what they're teaching.

17)  It was an amazing experience to be a fly on the wall during a day in the lives of two elite athletes such as ...

18)  Within each episode, viewers get a "fly on the wall" glimpse of the Reno 911! cops' uncensored opinions.

19)  You can be a fly on the wall in an exclusive songwriting session and see how crazy my process really ...

20)  The audience watch like a fly on the wall of an awkward family gathering, with lots of interactions and potential ...