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 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, "Caleb Crain on Writing From Dreams," 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, "My brother was killed by police. Now I ask, who does George Floyd belong to?," 26 June 2020 Never mind that whenever a mouse appeared in our actual house, my mother would scream bloody murder. Lauren Le Vine,, "Drew Barrymore Is The Cool Mom Who Lets Her Kids Have A Lizard, Guinea Pig, Mouse & Chickens," 6 May 2020 But if a Democratic president acted similarly — Republicans would be screaming bloody murder. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Jarring scenes, &c.," 8 Apr. 2020 Compelled by the smell of blood, the bats descend on Morbius, who screams bloody murder. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Jared Leto’s New Vampire Marvel Movie Looks Like A Mess," 15 Jan. 2020 Their first Valentine’s Day together, Clark surprised his then-new girlfriend with a bloody murder-themed date night. Joelle Goldstein,, "Newly-Engaged Vanderpump Rules Star Stassi Schroeder Reveals She Wants a 'Small' Wedding in Europe," 6 Aug. 2019 The state, controlled by Democrats who rely on the public unions for political muscle, would scream bloody murder. John Kass,, "Column: What should Mayor Lori Lightfoot do if Chicago Teachers Union ignores a sweet deal and strikes?," 10 Oct. 2019 Republicans would be screaming bloody murder, just like the Democrats are doing right now, filling up with air, making big speeches and pithy tweets. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Is Democrats’ decision on Trump impeachment real, or just more natural gas?," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bloody murder

1833, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2020

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“Bloody murder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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