bloody murder

adverb

Definition of bloody murder 

: in a loud and violent manner ran off, screaming bloody murder also : in vehement protest screaming bloody murder over the pay cut

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As she was dragged away, Kor began to scream bloody murder. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Eva Kor as we've never seen her: Film adds layers to story of Indiana Holocaust survivor," 2 Apr. 2018 Then Anna sees what appears to be a bloody murder through the window…but nobody believes her. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'The Woman in the Window'," 13 Jan. 2018 Then as now, Democrats howled bloody murder and swore that Congress and the Court would regain their rightful places and restore the proper, constitutional process. Kevin Baker, New Republic, "There are no good old days to return to in U.S. politics. The truth about a post-Trump era.," 15 Feb. 2018 At one point, federal agents even staged a bloody murder scene, with the help of the would-be victim, to help ensnare Phillips. James Queally, latimes.com, "L.A. CEO found guilty of hiring drug dealer in failed plot to kill business rival," 3 Nov. 2017 One of the most technical scenes in the maze shows the ghostly Grady twins before and after their bloody murder at the hands of their caretaker father, who preceded Jack at the Overlook Hotel. Brady Macdonald, latimes.com, "How do you make ‘The Shining’ maze scary? Universal’s Horror Nights unleashes Jack with an ax," 8 Sep. 2017 Democrats, as usual, screamed bloody murder about Republican heartlessness and voted against it. Jonah Goldberg, Alaska Dispatch News, "A man for all seasons on health care?," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of bloody murder

1833, in the meaning defined above

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