hue and cry


: an angry protest about something

Full Definition of HUE AND CRY

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
:  a clamor of alarm or protest
:  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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