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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.
See also: protest

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

protest too much

to say something so often that people doubt you are sincere He constantly denies that the book is based on his boss, but does he protest too much?
Etymology: based on “Methinks the lady doth protest too much,” a line from the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
See also: much, protest

protest too much

  (literary)
if someone protests too much, they tell you more often than is necessary what they feel about a situation so that you start to doubt they are sincere
Usage notes: This phrase comes from Shakespeare's play Hamlet.
He constantly denies there is any autobiographical input in his novels, but does he protest too much?
See also: much, protest
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Even the more peaceful techniques can create a climate of disorder, block access to a site, draw large numbers of police officers to a specific location in order to weaken security at other locations, obstruct traffic, and possibly intimidate people from attending the events being protested," it says.
Catholics who protested the war did so in ways and for reasons that often differed from their non-Catholic counterparts.
People who protested against the Vietnam War had a vested interest.
Thousands protested in downtown Cairo Wednesday in defiance of the recently issued Protest Law and in response to the dispersal of the No Military Trials demonstration Tuesday.
However, nearly a month after the Carrion shooting, none of these ``civil-rights leaders'' has protested.
He is clearly less interested in why students protested than in how they protested.
VAN NUYS - Van Nuys High School was temporarily locked down Wednesday after students protested against the Bush administration as part of a national demonstration.
Outside Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, about 40 people silently protested, striking poses meant to depict the suffering of Iraqi civilians.
Let's go back to the 1930s and contain those idiots who protested against enforced overtime without compensation and lack of safety regulations.
As tens of thousands protested world trade policies just down the street, the Lakers imposed their own kind of embargo on the hometown Seattle SuperSonics and their low-wage labor import, Ruben Patterson.
officials protested to the Chinese government that embassy security was inadequate, in spite of cordons of police in riot gear trying to keep the crowds back from the iron gates around the embassy buildings.
Demonstrators also protested outside the British Embassy.
This facility is being protested by residents who do not know how important this home is to the Alzheimer's patients who are going to live there.
In an open letter to the Serbian and Yugoslav interior ministers, 41 Belgrade University law professors protested the police's ``over-reaction'' to protests.