Definition of in full cry in English:

in full cry


  • 1(of hounds) baying in keen pursuit.

    ‘the fox broke and the hounds followed in full cry’
    • ‘She explained: ‘The pleasure I get from hunting is derived from seeing and hearing the pack in full cry, following the fox's scent.’’
    • ‘A stream of hounds flow in full cry across the field, the huntsman, Richard Emmott, on foot behind.’
    • ‘The women then set off like a pack of hounds in full cry after this cockerel.’
    • ‘Yet as the mists rose over the Scottish Borders last week, the Buccleuch Hunt, as it has been for centuries, was in full cry.’
    • ‘Later still, the hounds were taken to gorse a few hundred yards from the same road near Hatchet Pond from where they hunted the fox in full cry.’
    1. 1.1 Expressing an opinion loudly and forcefully.
      ‘the prime minister was in full cry with warnings against the plots of the Americans’
      • ‘It is worth noting, however, that the cynics are already in full cry about the alleged quality of western fly-fishing.’
      • ‘The British media is in full cry of outrage and indignation - this time against the most unlikely target, the Home Secretary.’
      • ‘Before long he was in full cry, with a heart full of righteous indignation and a head full of steam, and he had help too.’
      • ‘The mob will be in full cry for the early departure of the prime minister.’
      • ‘So it is not surprising that she should be in full cry, trying to defend her position.’
      • ‘Groups on the far Left, led by the radicals, were in full cry, demanding thorough investigation of the scandal and exposure of all the guilty men.’
      • ‘Paddy is a truly amusing caricature of the blustering paranoid right in full cry.’
      • ‘As these young babes came squalling into the world, the suffragettes were in full cry, campaigning for a say in running the country.’
      • ‘Media commentators were in full cry against the UN.’
      • ‘The British press has been in full cry on a marginal issue.’