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cry bloody murder

To scream as though one is experiencing something very dangerous, serious, or frightening (which is not usually the case). Joey cried bloody murder after his scoop of ice cream fell off the cone. You need to stop crying bloody murder over every little injury—a paper cut is not a big deal!
See also: bloody, cry, murder

I could murder (some kind of food)

I'm so hungry that I could (or would like to) devour (some kind of food). I'm famished after that hike. I could murder a hamburger right now.
See also: could, kind, murder, of

scream bloody murder

1. To scream or shout very loudly. Enid screamed bloody murder when she noticed the snake in the rocks next to her. Please stop screaming bloody murder across the house. If you want to talk, go to the same room.
2. To forcefully complain, especially loudly and/or in a public manner. When they refused to give me a refund, I screamed bloody murder until the manager came out. Our customers will scream bloody murder if we raise the prices again.
See also: bloody, murder, scream

scream blue murder

1. To scream or shout very loudly. Enid screamed blue murder when she noticed the snake in the rocks next to her. Please stop screaming blue murder across the house. If you want to talk, go to the same room.
2. To forcefully complain, especially loudly and/or in a public manner. When they refused to give me a refund, I screamed blue murder until the manager came out. Our customers will scream blue murder if we raise the prices again.
See also: blue, murder, scream

get away with murder

To be able to do whatever one wants without punishment. Of course he's misbehaving at school—you let him get away with murder!
See also: away, get, murder

cry bloody murder

Fig. to scream as if something very serious has happened, especially unnecessarily. Now that Bill is really hurt, he's crying bloody murder. There is no point in crying bloody murder about the bill if you knew the restaurant was expensive.
See also: bloody, cry, murder

get away with murder

 
1. Lit. to commit murder and not get punished for it. (See also get away with something.) Don't kill me! You can't get away with murder!
2. Fig. to do something very bad and not get punished for it. That guy always gets away with murder—just because he's cute. You will spoil your son if you let him get away with murder. You should punish him for his back-talk.
See also: away, get, murder

get away with someone or something

to escape, taking someone or something with one. The kidnapper got away with little Brian. The burglars got away with a lot of cash and some diamonds.
See also: away, get

get away with something

 and get by with something
to do something and not get punished for it. (See also get away with murder) You can't get away with that! Larry got by with the lie.
See also: away, get

murder on something

very destructive or harmful to something. Running a marathon is murder on your knees. This dry weather is murder on my crops.
See also: murder, on

Murder will out.

Prov. Murder will always be discovered.; A bad deed will be found out. Horace thought he had disposed of his victim in such a way that no one would ever discover his crime, but murder will out.
See also: murder, out, will

scream bloody murder

 and yell bloody murder
Fig. to complain bitterly; to complain unduly. When we put him in an office without a window, he screamed bloody murder. There is something wrong next door. Everyone is yelling bloody murder.
See also: bloody, murder, scream

get away with

1. Escape the consequences or blame for, as in Bill often cheats on exams but usually gets away with it. [Late 1800s]
2. get away with murder. Escape the consequences of killing someone; also, do anything one wishes. For example, If the jury doesn't convict him, he'll have gotten away with murder, or He talks all day on the phone-the supervisor is letting him get away with murder. [First half of 1900s]
See also: away, get

murder will out

Certain news cannot be suppressed, as in He's being charged with embezzlement and fraud-murder will out, you know. This expression already appeared in Chaucer's The Nun's Priest's Tale: "Murder will out that we see day by day." [Late 1300s]
See also: murder, out, will

scream bloody murder

Angrily protest as loudly as possible, as in When Jimmy took her teddy bear, Lauren screamed bloody murder, or Residents are screaming bloody murder about the increase in property taxes. The scream here may be either literal (as in the first example) or figurative, which is also true of invoking murder as though one were in danger of being killed. Versions of this term, such as cry murder, date from the 1400s.
See also: bloody, murder, scream

get away with murder

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone gets away with murder, they do whatever they like and no one punishes or criticizes them. His charm and the fact that he is so likeable often allows him to get away with murder. His mother is so soft — she lets him get away with murder.
See also: away, get, murder

scream blue murder

BRITISH, INFORMAL or

scream bloody murder

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
1. If someone screams blue murder, they complain a lot about something. Unions accept free accommodation and travel, yet they would scream blue murder if the same was received by politicians. `If the FBI was doing this, people would be screaming bloody murder,' says Richard Taylor, a security and privacy expert.
2. If someone screams blue murder, they scream and shout very loudly. She screamed blue murder as he came at her. She ran from the building, screaming bloody murder. Note: The expression `blue murder' is perhaps derived from the French oath `morbleu', which is a variation of `mort Dieu'. `Bleu' or blue is used in French as a euphemism for `Dieu' or God, so `morbleu' literally means `blue death'.
See also: blue, murder, scream

get away with murder

succeed in doing whatever you choose without being punished or suffering any disadvantage. informal
See also: away, get, murder

murder will out

murder cannot remain undetected.
This expression was used by Chaucer in The Prioress's Tale: ‘Mordre wol out, certeyn, it wol nat faille’.
See also: murder, out, will

scream (or yell) blue murder

make an extravagant and noisy protest. informal
A North American variant of this phrase is scream bloody murder .
1995 Iain Banks Whit I was now left with the ticklish problem of how to let my great-aunt know there was somebody there in the room with her without…causing her to scream blue murder.
See also: blue, murder, scream

get away with ˈmurder

(informal, often humorous) do something wrong without being punished, criticized, etc: His latest book is rubbish! He seems to think that because he’s a famous author he can get away with murder!She lets the students get away with murder.
See also: away, get, murder

I could ˈmurder a...

(spoken) used to say that you very much want to eat or drink something: I could murder a coffee.
See also: could, murder

he, she, etc. will ˈmurder you

(spoken) used to warn somebody that another person will be very angry with them: Your brother will murder you when he finds out what you’ve done to his car!
See also: murder, will

scream blue ˈmurder

(British English) (American English scream bloody ˈmurder) (informal) shout, scream, etc. very loudly and for a long time; make a lot of noise or fuss because you disagree very strongly with something: Jill will scream blue murder if Ann gets promoted and she doesn’t.
See also: blue, murder, scream

murder

and slaughter
tv. to overwhelm; to beat someone in a sports contest. We went out on the field prepared to slaughter them. The murdered us in the second half.

scream bloody murder

tv. to scream very loudly; to complain or protest loudly. She screams bloody murder every time I get near her.
See also: bloody, murder, scream

get away with murder

Informal
To escape punishment for or detection of an egregiously blameworthy act.
See also: away, get, murder

murder will out

Secrets or misdeeds will eventually be disclosed.
See also: murder, out, will
References in classic literature ?
She was a fine, smart girl, now wide awake and bright as a button, and had such a sweet pretty mouth, that Dominicus would almost as lief have heard a love tale from it as a tale of murder.
We passed through Kimballton at three o'clock this morning, and most certainly should have been informed of the murder had any been perpetrated.
Keeping now steadily in mind the points to which I have drawn your attention - that peculiar voice, that unusual agility, and that startling absence of motive in a murder so singularly atrocious as this - let us glance at the butchery itself.
But in that case," said March, frowning, "at what sort of unearthly hour in the morning was the murder really committed?
It impelled him to ascertain the date at which the murder had been committed, and
The capitalists have stolen our country, debauched our politics, defiled our judiciary, and ridden over us rough-shod, and now they propose to murder those who will not abjectly surrender to their brutal dominion.
If he did not murder his wife, he is, nevertheless, a scoundrel, and has something of his own to conceal, quite apart from the murder.
Some time after the publication of Kidnapped we stopped for a short while in the Appin country, where we were surprised and interested to discover that the feeling concerning the murder of Glenure (the "Red Fox," also called "Colin Roy") was almost as keen as though the tragedy had taken place the day before.
That he could have committed the murder alone, seems beyond the limits of probability.
He has likewise attempted, sir, to murder the female servant,' said Mr.
For," says he, "I am sure we ought to sentence them to the gallows;" and with that he gives an account how Will Atkins, one of the three, had proposed to have all the five Englishmen join together and murder all the Spaniards when they were in their sleep.
The tall one, then, had done the murder, if murder there was.
No confidences, Watson; for they are mighty awkward if it comes to an arrest for conspiracy and murder.
I only told you the beginning then about the murder of the old pawnbroker-woman.
Besides, those who contrive this plan of community cannot easily avoid the following evils; namely, blows, murders involuntary or voluntary, quarrels, and reproaches, all which it would be impious indeed to be guilty of towards our fathers and mothers, or those who are nearly related to us; though not to those who are not connected to us by any tie of affinity: and certainly these mischiefs must necessarily happen oftener amongst those who do not know how they are connected to each other than those who do; and when they do happen, if it is among the first of these, they admit of a legal expiation, but amongst the latter that cannot be done.