hue and cry


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hue and cry

n.
1. A public clamor, as of protest or demand: raised a great hue and cry about political corruption.
2.
a. The pursuit of a felon announced with loud shouts to alert others who were then legally obliged to give chase.
b. The loud outcry formerly used in such a pursuit.

[Middle English hew and cri, partial translation of Anglo-Norman hu e cri : hu, outcry, clamor (from Old French huer, to shout, of imitative origin) + e, and + cri, cry (from Old French crier, to cry; see cry).]

hue and cry

n
1. (Historical Terms) (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 + cri cry]

hue′ and cry′


n.
1. public clamor.
2. (formerly) the pursuit of a felon with loud outcries.
[1250–1300; Middle English, translation of Anglo-French hu et cri]

hue and cry

- Somewhat redundant, as hue means "shout, make an outcry"; hue and cry was a medieval law requiring that all citizens within earshot give chase to a fleeing criminal.
See also related terms for shout.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hue and cry - loud and persistent outcry from many people; "he ignored the clamor of the crowd"
cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell, call - a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"

hue and cry

noun outcry, clamour, furore, uproar, rumpus, brouhaha, ruction (informal), hullabaloo He heard a huge hue and cry outside.
Translations

hue and cry

nclamorosa protesta
References in classic literature ?
The hue and cry going off to the Hulks, and people coming thence to examine the iron, Joe's opinion was corroborated.
You had better telegraph from the junction to the college; there must be a hue and cry out after us by this time.
These ambiguous circumstances, with the stranger's surprise and terror, made Dominicus think of raising a hue and cry after him, as an accomplice in the murder; since a murder, it seemed, had really been perpetrated.
As sheep dogs that watch their flocks when they are yarded, and hear a wild beast coming through the mountain forest towards them--forthwith there is a hue and cry of dogs and men, and slumber is broken--even so was sleep chased from the eyes of the Achaeans as they kept the watches of the wicked night, for they turned constantly towards the plain whenever they heard any stir among the Trojans.
At length the women, learning the object of his pressing solicitations and tempting offers, set up such a terrible hue and cry that he was fairly howled and scolded from the ground.
Then you returned, sir, and my brother thought he would be safer on the moor than anywhere else until the hue and cry was over, so he lay in hiding there.
As I topped the lofty plateau in whose rocky cliffs the principal tribe of Sarians find their cave-homes, a great hue and cry arose from those who first discovered me.
He liked Jerry, was glad to be with him and to run with him; but it was Jerry who was ever in the lead, who ever raised the hue and cry of hunting pursuit, who barked indignation and eager yearning at a tree'd squirrel in refuge forty feet above the ground.
There must be a general hue and cry raised against him.
As it stands, not one farthing shall you have with my free will, and when I see my brother, the Socman of Minstead, he will raise hue and cry from vill to vill, from hundred to hundred, until you are taken as a common robber and a scourge to the country.
There will be a hue and cry after you, when you are missed.
And when they run over a man that is walking in his sleep, a supernumerary sleeper in the wrong position, and wake him up, they suddenly stop the cars, and make a hue and cry about it, as if this were an exception.