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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 something

to avoid blame, punishment, or criticism for doing something bad She cheated on the test and thought she could get away with it.
Usage notes: often in the form get away with it, as in the example
See also: away, get

get away with murder

to not be punished for bad behavior It seems to me that kids these days really get away with murder in the classroom.
See also: away, get, murder

scream bloody murder

to shout or to complain very loudly Sometimes the baby screams bloody murder when we give her a bath. I'm so frustrated with the telephone company, I want to scream bloody murder.
Usage notes: sometimes holler bloody murder and yell bloody murder, with the same meaning
See also: bloody, murder, scream

get away with murder

  (informal)
to be allowed to do things that other people would be punished or criticized for Dave gets away with murder because he's so charming.
See also: away, get, murder

I could murder something.

  (British informal)
something that you say when you want a particular kind of food or drink very much I'm starving. I could murder a curry.
See also: could, murder

scream blue murder

  (British, American & Australian informal) also scream bloody murder (American & Australian informal)
to shout or to complain very loudly Readers screamed blue murder when the price of their daily paper went up. Someone took the child's ice cream away and he started screaming bloody murder.
See also: blue, 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

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
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Acquitted in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman a year earlier.
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In a press conference after the penalty verdict, prosecutors painted Nieves as an emotionless woman who has never suffered remorse or regret about murdering her daughters.
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Soto, 38, is charged with murdering Alba, 35, as he slept in the couple's Ventura apartment.
The verdict brought anguish to relatives and friends of Robert Adair, who said they believe Jeanie Adair got away with murdering him in their Sylmar condominium on Nov.
Solomon, 35, and Moore were convicted of murdering Tarkhanian, but the jury deadlocked on whether there were special circumstances, so Solomon escaped the death penalty.
But instead of using this information to chase Shaw away, Steven attempts to employ it as blackmail and tempt Shaw into murdering his wife.
A week after removing himself from the second trial of the man charged with murdering a Simi Valley police officer, Ventura Superior Court Judge Allan Steele found himself back on the case.
In fact, in Cochran's 32-year career as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles, the only murder case Bugliosi could recall that got minimal newspaper coverage was in 1972, when Cochran defended Black Panther Elmer ``Geronimo'' Pratt for murdering a white schoolteacher.
In real life, this issue came up briefly when Susan Smith of South Carolina was on trial for murdering her two sons.
Jaime Gonzalez, 20, was charged with murdering Diane Santos Tone, an acquaintance.