in full cry


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in full cry

mainly BRITISH
If someone or something is in full cry, they are doing something very actively. As we left, a jazz band was in full cry. It's quite shocking to be confronted by a press pack in full cry. Note: This expression refers to the noise made by a pack of hounds when they see the animal they are hunting.
See also: cry, full

in full cry

expressing an opinion loudly and forcefully.
Full cry originated and is still used as a hunting expression referring to a pack of hounds all baying in pursuit of their quarry.
See also: cry, full

in full ˈcry

chasing or attacking something with a lot of noise and enthusiasm: The newspapers are in full cry over this new banking scandal.The government is having difficulties, and its critics are in full cry again.
This idiom refers to hounds (= hunting dogs) and the noise they make when they are chasing a fox.
See also: cry, full

in full cry

In hot pursuit, as hounds hunting.
See also: cry, full
References in classic literature ?
He succeeds, and then they are all at it for dear life, up and down the hedge in full cry, the "Come back, come back," getting shriller and fainter every minute.
Suddenly from behind I heard a tumult of howls, and sharp, piercing barks--much the sound that a pack of wolves raises when in full cry.
Father's off with the governor in the gig, and the runners in hiding outside are in full cry after them.
A tremendous yell let him know that the whole pack of bloodhounds were off in full cry.
But the merry lot below were still yelling and bellowing in full cry.
The other three answered, till even Mowgli could have vowed that the full Pack was in full cry, and then they all broke into the magnificent Morning-song in the Jungle, with every turn, and flourish, and grace-note that a deep-mouthed wolf of the Pack knows.