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hue and cry

noun
1.
Early English Law. the pursuit of a felon or an offender with loud outcries or clamor to give an alarm.
2.
any public clamor, protest, or alarm:
a general hue and cry against the war.
Origin of hue and cry
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English, translation of Anglo-French hu et cri. See hue2, cry
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British Dictionary definitions for hue and cry

hue and cry

noun
1.
(formerly) the pursuit of a suspected criminal with loud cries in order to raise the alarm
2.
any loud public outcry
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French hu et cri, from Old French hue outcry, from huer to shout, from hu! shout of warning + cricry
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hue and cry definition


Any loud clamor or protest intended to incite others to action: “In the 1980s, there was a great hue and cry for educational reform.”

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Idioms and Phrases with hue and cry

hue and cry

A public clamor, as of protest or demand. For example, The reformers raised a hue and cry about political corruption. This redundant expression (hue and cry both mean “an outcry”), dating from the 1200s, originally meant “an outcry calling for the pursuit of a criminal.” By the mid-1500s it was also being used more broadly, as in the example.
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