bloody murder


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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Recent Examples on the Web The lady was hurrying but stumbling with her arms full of the weight of a kid screaming bloody murder, banging his fists against her like a right little Mike Tyson. Hermione Hoby, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 The child stood exactly on the chalk line itself—and screamed bloody murder if asked to take a step inside or outside. Amy Weiss-meyer, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2020 The image of Derek Chauvin’s knee slowly squeezing the warm, rich life out of Floyd inspired millions to march, chant, pray, pull down statues, throw projectiles and scream bloody murder. Donna Britt, Washington Post, 26 June 2020 Never mind that whenever a mouse appeared in our actual house, my mother would scream bloody murder. Lauren Le Vine,, 6 May 2020 But if a Democratic president acted similarly — Republicans would be screaming bloody murder. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 8 Apr. 2020 Compelled by the smell of blood, the bats descend on Morbius, who screams bloody murder. Kaitlin Reilly,, 15 Jan. 2020 Their first Valentine’s Day together, Clark surprised his then-new girlfriend with a bloody murder-themed date night. Joelle Goldstein,, 6 Aug. 2019 The state, controlled by Democrats who rely on the public unions for political muscle, would scream bloody murder. John Kass,, 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bloody murder

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Bloody murder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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