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protest too much

To deny something so often and/or so forcefully that people think one is not telling the truth. Taken from a line in Shakespeare's Macbeth: "Methinks the lady doth protest too much" (and often used in that structure). At even the slightest suggestion that there might be some impropriety in the company's accounts, the manager flies into a rage. He protests a bit too much, don't you think? Shiela mentions at every opportunity how she loves her husband and didn't marry him for his money—methinks she doth protest too much?
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protest about someone or something

 and protest against someone or something 
1. to complain about someone or something. Valerie is always protesting about some problem at work. She filed a complaint that protested against her supervisor.
2. to rally or demonstrate against someone or something. A number of people protested about the war. They were mainly protesting against the draft.
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ripple of protest

quiet remarks protesting something; a small amount of subdued protest. There was only a ripple of protest about the new tax law. The rude comedian hardly drew a ripple of protest.
See also: of, protest, ripple

under protest

after expressing your objection or reluctance; unwillingly.
1997 Independent Jon Benet would come to the Griffin house for her lessons on deportment, disappearing into the basement—sometimes under protest—to practise Dior turns.
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under ˈprotest

unwillingly and after expressing disagreement: The new contract was finally accepted, but only under protest.
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Dozens of PhD holders organised a protest on Sunday, requesting employment in the Ministry of Higher Education from the state after the completion of their doctoral studies.
I prefer dialogue more than protests because the political leaders control the protests, and if they want to find a solution they can do it through dialogue.
I once again appeal to the protesting parties in the name of Islam, humanity, decency and morality to defer their protest keeping in view the critical situation of the country.
However, no protest will be accepted that is filed more than seven days after the date
After the August 2 protests, the National Illegal Immigration Protest Coalition will accept new protests to be scheduled nationwide on Oct.
Protest arises when there is strongly felt dissatisfaction with existing programs and policies of government or other organizations, on the part of those who feel themselves affected by these policies but who are unable to express their discontent through regular and legitimate channels, and who feel unable to exercise the weight to which they think they are entitled in the decision-making process.
This coherence is explained by the existence of "ambassadors"--proved by direct observations, informal discussions and recorded interviews made by author--a group of protesters who moved constantly between the two areas and provided the "mixing of protest themes", structured around a few central ideas: freedom to protest, removal of institutional slippages, reducing democratic deficit, and accountability of political elite (p.
These sources claim the protest will be against violence and unfairness and to highlight the activists' "right" to demonstrate and express opinions.
The North East Infidels (NEI) and English Defence League (EDL) will hold a march and there is also a planned protest by South Tyneside Unites and Newcastle Unites.
However, unfortunately it is the protest movement which has been most vocal, while ordinary Bahrainis have remained silent.
Also yesterday, students from several cities, including Boumerdes, Blida and Oran, streamed into the capital, Algiers, establishing a protest camp in front of the Ministry of Higher Education.
The protest is planned for Bancroft Gardens in the town centre on Saturday at 2pm.
However, the St Paul's protest and the difficulties resolving the ensuing row raised further concerns about potential threats to the Games, the paper said.
of Miami, Florida, requests that our Office recommend the reimbursement of A1's costs of filing and pursuing a protest challenging the award of a contract to HamHed LLC, of New Albany, Indiana, by the Department of the Army under request for quotations (RFQ) No.
Arab Political Council, Turkmen Front planned attacks on Kurdish Asayish and local administration in Kirkuk during Friday's protest.