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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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English, translation of Anglo-French hu et cri. See hue2, cry
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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

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 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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Encyclopedia Article for hue and cry

early English legal practice of pursuing a criminal with cries and sounds of alarm. It was the duty of any person wronged or discovering a felony to raise the hue and cry, and his neighbours were bound to come and assist him in the pursuit and apprehension of the offender. All those joining in the pursuit were justified in arresting the person pursued, even if it turned out that he was innocent. If the criminal bore apparent evidence of guilt on his person and if he resisted capture, he could be killed on the spot; if he submitted to capture, his fate was decided by due process. The various statutes relating to hue and cry were finally repealed in the early part of the 19th century.

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