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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for hue-and-cry
Historical Examples
  • Perhaps he intended to walk to Tilbury, and crossing the Thames get on board the yacht before the hue-and-cry was out.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • But for him, Mark, your name would have figured in the 'hue-and-cry.'

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • The hue-and-cry broke into louder yells and three or four new recruits joined the pursuers.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • But the landlord soon raised the hue-and-cry, 'A man has been killed!'

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • I seemed to remember that one raised a hue-and-cry, that one tarred and feathered them, and rode them on a rail to a pond.

  • A hue-and-cry was set up, and the country round was searched.

    Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould
  • hue-and-cry bills were thrown off during the night, and despatched next morning by the mail-coaches to all parts of the country.

  • In an hour there will be the hue-and-cry, and then they will surely search your house.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • After all, the hue-and-cry had been raised by the police merely because Hugh Henfrey had fled and successfully escaped.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
  • Her natural impulse was to scream, to start a hue-and-cry: “Stop thief!”

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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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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