bloody murder

adverb

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

Examples of bloody murder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a bloody murder sends a high school party into a panic, Winnie ends up saving her brother Jimmy (Aiden Howard) by killing Waters. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 10 Nov. 2023 This one comes with sledgehammer and a penchant for bloody murder. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2023 What one neighbor described as a typical Friday morning in a small Houston suburb turned into a bloody murder scene over an alleged affair. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 14 Aug. 2023 The series once again treads over the same salacious details of the now over 40-year-old story: suburban monotony, injected with a sinful tryst between two church-going parents, and punctuated by a bloody murder. Joshua St. Clair, Men's Health, 27 Apr. 2023 But something happens, fairly late in the game, that converts the film’s merely technical displays of bloody murder into something suspenseful and romantic, if no less silly. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2023 Craig sipping a drink by the pool, Cline arming herself with a sharp implement, Henwick screaming bloody murder, Hahn shouting ‘Holy s—,’ Hudson strutting in an orange bikini, Bautista firing a shot into the air and Monaé dropping a glass that inevitably shatters on the floor. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 Suddenly, you're whisked back into de Villes of the past as the Michelin XW4 whitewalls scream bloody murder. Phil Berg, Car and Driver, 8 June 2020 One such habit is screaming bloody murder. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bloody murder was in 1833

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“Bloody murder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloody%20murder. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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