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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Only Murders’ second season, which premiered in June 2022, the trio becomes suspects in the bloody murder of another building resident. Toby Grey, BGR, 16 Sep. 2022 For decades, the drug industry has yelled bloody murder each time Congress considered a regulatory measure that threatened its profits. Arthur Allen, CNN, 12 Aug. 2022 When the moves would backfire, people would scream bloody murder. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 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, refinery29.com, 6 May 2020 But if a Democratic president acted similarly — Republicans would be screaming bloody murder. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 8 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 27 Nov. 2022.

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