a hue and cry

hue and cry

A large public protest. The company's decision to send thousands of jobs overseas started a real hue and cry as people threatened to boycott its stores.
See also: and, cry, hue

a hue and cry

Fig. a loud public protest or opposition. (See also .) There was a hue and cry when the city government tried to build houses on the playing field. The decision to close the local school started a real hue and cry.
See also: and, cry, hue

hue and cry

A public clamor, as of protest or demand. For example, The reformers raised a hue and cry about political corruption. This redundant expression ( hue and cry both mean "an outcry"), dating from the 1200s, originally meant "an outcry calling for the pursuit of a criminal." By the mid-1500s it was also being used more broadly, as in the example.
See also: and, cry, hue

a hue and cry

If there is a hue and cry about something, there is a loud protest about it or opposition to it. There probably will be a hue and cry about my suggestion of more power to the police. Our officers prepare, take a test, and accept the results without any hue and cry. Note: Until the 19th century, `hue and cry' was the legal name for the cries of someone who had been robbed and who was calling for others to help. It was an offence for anyone to refuse to join the chase, once they heard the cry. `Hue' comes from the Old French `huer', meaning `to shout'.
See also: and, cry, hue

a ˌhue and ˈcry

loud opposition, protest, etc: There was a great hue and cry among the parents when it was announced that the school was to close.If the government raises taxes too much, there’ll be a real hue and cry.This phrase refers to the medieval law ‘hu e cri’, which stated that the public had to chase and try to catch a criminal.
See also: and, cry, hue

hue and cry

A loud public clamor. The phrase was most usually heard as “raise a hue and cry.” According to old English law, any citizen who heard shouts that a possible lawbreaker was being pursued was required to join in the chase. The phrase is a combination of the Anglo-French hu (a shout of warning) and cri (to cry out).
See also: and, cry, hue
References in classic literature ?
There will be a hue and cry after you, when you are missed.
As sheep dogs that watch their flocks when they are yarded, and hear a wild beast coming through the mountain forest towards them--forthwith there is a hue and cry of dogs and men, and slumber is broken--even so was sleep chased from the eyes of the Achaeans as they kept the watches of the wicked night, for they turned constantly towards the plain whenever they heard any stir among the Trojans.
There was a hue and cry, and a score of men and boys started in chase of him; but he came to an alley, and then to another branching off from it and leading him into another street, where he fell into a walk, and slipped his cabbage under his coat and went off unsuspected in the crowd.
You had better telegraph from the junction to the college; there must be a hue and cry out after us by this time.
And when they run over a man that is walking in his sleep, a supernumerary sleeper in the wrong position, and wake him up, they suddenly stop the cars, and make a hue and cry about it, as if this were an exception.
Not that I really care what happens to me now that that woman knows I'm in the land of the living; she'll let it out, to a dead certainty, and at the best there'll be a hue and cry, which is the very thing I have escaped all these years.
It is sad to note that many journalists are raising a hue and cry over this issue.
While comedy and theatre dominates Edinburgh, music also plays a part and Pat and Greg Kane are making a Hue and Cry about it.
Do we have to make a hue and cry in the newspaper before each site is unblocked?
to shift it from the laborer who has nothing but his power to toil and sweat, to the man who has a fortune made or inherited, we hear a hue and cry raised.
Those programs sold out," said Adams, "and there was a hue and cry from the community to focus on Latin America.
As Johnson and Greene hobbled into the sunset, their readiness for Sydney suddenly shrouded in doubt, there was a hue and cry to let this cruel way of assembling an Olympic team die already.
That's why he's on an outreach mission to get the word out and job done before there s a hue and cry when an elderly homeowner has more than a cow when the second bill comes in July.
We have heard a hue and cry for assisted living, so now we're moving into the category," says Gary Carriero, assistant vice president of development.
When some businesses wanted to fill corporate coffers with frequent-flier miles from their executives' business travels, such a hue and cry emanated from their highly paid personnel that most corporations backed off.