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hue and cry

noun

Simple Definition of hue and cry

  • : an angry protest about something

Full Definition of hue and cry

  1. 1 a :  a loud outcry formerly used in the pursuit of one who is suspected of a crime b :  the pursuit of a suspect or a written proclamation for the capture of a suspect

  2. 2 :  a clamor of alarm or protest

  3. 3 :  hubbub

Examples of hue and cry

  1. There was a hue and cry in opposition to the film.

  2. <the hue and cry in the classroom when someone let loose a snake>



Origin of hue and cry

hue outcry


First Known Use: 15th century


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