Definition of hue and cry in English:

hue and cry


  • 1A loud clamour or public outcry.

    • ‘Instead of creating a hue and cry over the decision of the Corporations to kill stray dogs, animal rights activists and the Government can take up the responsibility of looking after them.’
    • ‘There was a hue and cry over her statement as the defence counsels brought to the notice of the judge that her rhetorics would invite legal actions under the provisions of the special Act.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘There is still a huge hue and cry in Australia over the fact that the woman was jailed for something that the Queensland Court of Appeal has now judged should never even have been the subject of a prosecution.’
    • ‘So why should they feel that they are justified in making a hue and cry when the same happens in India,’ she asked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When there is a big hue and cry about consumption of liquor, studies support the theory that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol reduces the risk of developing heart failure in older people.’
    • ‘… HUGH Bayley's pensioners' questionnaire will produce some local answers for him if he has not already heard the angry hue and cry for an increase in pensions next April.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it all broke between 1995-1997 there was a hue and cry.’
    commotion, outcry, uproar, fuss, clamour, racket, storm, ado, stir, furore, ruckus, ballyhoo, brouhaha, palaver, pother
    hoo-ha, hullabaloo, to-do, flap, song and dance, rumpus, splash
    kerfuffle, carry-on, row, stink
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    1. 1.1historical 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Failure to join the hue and cry without a very good reason was a punishable offence.’
      • ‘If the hue and cry was described as "raised justly", it meant that the person was guilty.’


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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