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hue and cry

Early English Law. the pursuit of a felon or an offender with loud outcries or clamor to give an alarm.
any public clamor, protest, or alarm:
a general hue and cry against the war.
Origin of hue and cry
1250-1300; Middle English, translation of Anglo-French hu et cri. See hue2, cry Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hue and cry
  • Rustling and murmurs, then boos mounting to hue and cry.
  • Here are some facts over which this great hue and cry has been raised.
  • There would be much hue and cry that this is the stealing of local control.
  • There was a lot of hue and cry, a lot of fulminating and hand-wringing, but nothing actually happened.
  • If there was a hue and cry for testimony, a five-minute time limit should be set.
  • Both my colleagues raise a hue and cry over my approach.
  • When returns came a hue and cry was raised that the cen sus was a political job.
  • The result of that was then that everybody was in a hue and cry across the country, all across party lines.
British Dictionary definitions for hue and cry

hue and cry

(formerly) the pursuit of a suspected criminal with loud cries in order to raise the alarm
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 in Culture

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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