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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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References in classic literature ?
As to Sofya Semyonovna personally, I regard her action as a vigorous protest against the organisation of society, and I respect her deeply for it; I rejoice indeed when I look at her
All I wanted was her protest and Sofya Semyonovna could not have remained here anyway
That is only the natural consequence of a legal marriage, so to say, its corrective, a protest.
In recent months, graduates have organised several protests demanding governmental employment.
TUNIS, (TAP) - Protests increased significantly in October, 2015, said head of the Tunisian social observatory under the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) Abdessatar Sahbani.
The Yemen Times asked locals who were not attending the protests whether they are supportive of them or not.
KARACHI -- Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Altaf Hussain has appealed to the protesting parties to defer their protests considering the current situation of the country and difficulties faced by victims of floods.
Any protests received after those dates will not be reviewed and
July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The more than 5,000 Americans protesting illegal immigration who mustered in Boston this past Saturday as part of the more than 300 protests held across the nation since July 18 have raised the bar
It is quite possible, for instance, for protest movements to arouse counter-protests much larger than the original protests, and, hence, the net result of the protest is to move the system away from the direction in which the protesters want it to move.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Leaked audio recordings uploaded onto YouTube by an anonymous user allegedly of a phone conversation between former Interior Minister Muammer GE-ler and businessman Cemal Kalyoncu during the Gezi Park protests last summer reveal that the minister had asked Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an to allow demonstrators to enter Gezi Park to make a press statement in exchange for ending the protests, a proposal which Erdoy-an refused.
Iarna vrajbei noastre: protestele din Romania, ianuarie-februarie 2012 [The Winter of our Discontent: Protests in Romania, January-February 2012], Bucuresti: Paidea, 2012.
Ramallah: Topless feminist activists will hold protests at the community garden of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem on December 24, but intend to delay announcing the aim of the protest until the protest occurs.
It is often taken for granted in the international media that protests are always legitimate, peaceful and responsibly conducted - and that the aims of the protesters are automatically the best vision for the country.
By ABIRKOPTY Following the July 15th Anger Strike's protests against "Prawer Plan", which aims to displace Palestinian Bedouins in the Naqab (southern of historic Palestine), youth groups have called for another Day of Rage on August 1st.