scream blue murder

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scream blue murder

1. To scream or shout very loudly. Enid screamed blue murder when she noticed the snake in the rocks next to her. Please stop screaming blue murder across the house. If you want to talk, go to the same room.
2. To forcefully complain, especially loudly and/or in a public manner. When they refused to give me a refund, I screamed blue murder until the manager came out. Our customers will scream blue murder if we raise the prices again.
See also: blue, murder, scream

scream blue murder


scream bloody murder

1. If someone screams blue murder, they complain a lot about something. Unions accept free accommodation and travel, yet they would scream blue murder if the same was received by politicians. `If the FBI was doing this, people would be screaming bloody murder,' says Richard Taylor, a security and privacy expert.
2. If someone screams blue murder, they scream and shout very loudly. She screamed blue murder as he came at her. She ran from the building, screaming bloody murder. Note: The expression `blue murder' is perhaps derived from the French oath `morbleu', which is a variation of `mort Dieu'. `Bleu' or blue is used in French as a euphemism for `Dieu' or God, so `morbleu' literally means `blue death'.
See also: blue, murder, scream

scream (or yell) blue murder

make an extravagant and noisy protest. informal
A North American variant of this phrase is scream bloody murder .
1995 Iain Banks Whit I was now left with the ticklish problem of how to let my great-aunt know there was somebody there in the room with her without…causing her to scream blue murder.
See also: blue, murder, scream

scream blue ˈmurder

(British English) (American English scream bloody ˈmurder) (informal) shout, scream, etc. very loudly and for a long time; make a lot of noise or fuss because you disagree very strongly with something: Jill will scream blue murder if Ann gets promoted and she doesn’t.
See also: blue, murder, scream
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The monetarists will scream blue murder but there is no logic to their objections.
Refs scream blue murder and complain about being scrutinised but it's their own people who are scrutinising them.
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In rugby league or union, your team-mate would pick you off the ground and give you a slap across the face for faking - but once referees start getting tough on that sort of thing the Premier League managers will scream blue murder and it will go back to normal pretty quickly.
Publishing is a particularly good one as liberal intellectuals, concerned that not enough people read, scream blue murder in its defense.
JOHN BROWNLIE will scream blue murder at son Paul when he lines up against Rangers because he'll never change a lifetime habit.
Most racists scream blue murder when you confront them.
The way they yell and scream blue murder at each other is enough to make you think they were really married.
Andy Slattery's battlehardened eight-year-old bolted-up in this event last year, in heavy ground, when slamming Scream Blue Murder by five lengths.
TOMMY STACK'S bright start to the Flat season can continue at Cork with his Scream Blue Murder the choice in the Cork Sprint Stakes.
Because the minute anyone actually tries to do something about it such as raising the price of alcohol or limiting the licensing hours, we scream blue murder.