Hue cry

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

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hue and cry
 
n
1.  (formerly) the pursuit of a suspected criminal with loud cries in order to raise the alarm
2.  any loud public outcry
 
[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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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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