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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

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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Each protest must specify the reasons the protesting party believes that the solicitation or award
As the young people say, protesting is "so yesterday.
Mike Van Winkle, spokesman for the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center, told the Oakland Tribune last year: "You can make an easy kind of link that, if you have a protest group protesting a war where the cause that's being fought against is international terrorism, you might have terrorism at that protest.
This essay highlights movement diversity by examining the ways that protesting informed and was informed by religious belief.
Respondents generally expressed pessimism, believing that protesting against the current war, both locally and abroad, would have little effect on international action to halt the violence that has cost so many Palestinian lives over the past few weeks.
The demonstrations have continued, protesting against government plans to limit freedom of expression and association.
We're going to keep on protesting until we stop the war,'' organizer Carlos Montes said.
Two weeks after the Kent State shootings, Mississippi police killed two protesting students at Jackson State University.
But even one of the organizers of that protest, longtime activist Leslie Cagan, points out the irony in the protesters' harmonious relationship with the very police force whose homicidal behavior they were protesting.
Protesters also called upon their established, "vertical" relationships with local authorities when protesting, which shaped the confrontations.
4, protesting the company's use of genetically engineered and chemically raised beef that is inhumanely treated during production.
Democracy Meter implied that this implies that the protesting factions are now diversified from just Muslim Brotherhood affiliates and sympathisers, to include doctors, workers, public servants, security sector, educational sector and others.
The scene was created when police resorted to tear gassing on the protesting teachers when they refused to end their protest following their negotiations with the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Quetta proved futile.
The happy surprise is that more mainstream American groups are getting involved in protesting the actions in Iraq.