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hue and cry

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Pronunciation: /hjuː(ə)n(d)ˈkrʌɪ
 
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Definition of hue and cry in English:

noun

1A loud clamour or public outcry.
Example sentences
  • Blocking of major city roads during peak hours and uninhibited use of loud speakers and other accessories for the pageants have raised a hue and cry among the public.
  • In any case, I doubt that during World War II there was a comparable hue and cry about the absence of a ‘plan’ and the failure to own up to responsibility every time we suffered a setback.
  • ‘I don't think people living in Cepen Park are fully aware of the proposed changes, but when they do become aware then I'm sure there will be a big hue and cry,’ said Coun Northey.
Synonyms
1.1 historical A loud cry calling for the pursuit and capture of a criminal. In former English law, the cry had to be raised by the inhabitants of a hundred in which a robbery had been committed, if they were not to become liable for the damages suffered by the victim.
Example sentences
  • Reference was made to Crouther's case where a constable was indicted for refusing to make a hue and cry after notice of a burglary committed in the night.
  • A hue and cry is raised; Sikes, trying to escape, accidentally hangs himself, and the rest of the gang are secured and Fagin executed.
  • If the hue and cry was described as "raised justly", it meant that the person was guilty.

Origin

late Middle English: from the Anglo-Norman French legal phrase hu e cri, literally 'outcry and cry', from Old French hu 'outcry' (from huer 'to shout').

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