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cry wolf

Definition of cry wolf

  1. :  to make people think there is danger when there is really none <news organizations crying wolf too many times with warnings that turn out to be nothing>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to utter loudly :  shout

    :  beg, beseech

    :  to proclaim publicly :  advertise

  1. :  an instance of crying: as

    :  an inarticulate utterance of distress, rage, or pain

    :  outcry, clamor

  1. :  any of several large predatory canids (genus Canis) that live and hunt in packs and resemble the related dogs

    :  gray wolf — compare coyote, jackal

    :  the fur of a wolf

  1. :  to eat greedily :  devour

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