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shout (one's) head off

To shout or yell very loudly and lengthily. Suzy shouted her head off when I told her she couldn't have an ice cream cone. The stadium was packed with fans shouting their heads off for the popular band. Don't bother listening to the crazies who stand on street corners and shout their heads off at passersby.
See also: head, off, shout

wouldn't shout if a shark bit him

Cheap, miserly. In Australia, "to shout" is to buy someone something, usually a drink. Primarily heard in Australia. You expect Steve to buy you a drink? Ha! That guy wouldn't shout if a shark bit him!
See also: bit, if, shark, shout

shouting match

A bitter argument in which two or more people shout at one another, often simultaneously. At first I thought we were just going through a rough patch in our relationship, but lately it seems like every night Janet and I get into a shouting match with each other. It might be time to end things.
See also: match, shout

be nothing to shout about

To be not especially remarkable or noteworthy; to be rather dull, mediocre, uninteresting, or unimportant. A: "Have you eaten in that new sushi restaurant yet?" B: "Yeah, I went there last week. It was OK, but it's nothing to shout about." His performance has been nothing to shout about so far. To be honest, we were expecting much more from him when we recruited him.
See also: nothing, shout

shout (something) from the rooftop(s)

To share some news or information publicly and with as many people as possible. Primarily heard in UK. I was ready to shout that we'd be having a baby from the rooftops, but my wife wanted to wait for a while before we made the news public. I know you want to shout it from the rooftop that you came in first in your class, but you should have a bit of modesty about it.
See also: shout

it's all over bar the shouting

The outcome of something is inevitable at this point. (Said especially of sporting events.) With that last goal, it's all over bar the shouting at this point.
See also: all, bar, shout

It's all over but the shouting.

Fig. Cliché It is decided and concluded.; It is essentially decided and finished. (Meaning that though there may be more to some process, the outcome is clear. An elaboration of all over, which means "finished.") The last goal was made with only 4 seconds to go in the game. "Well, it's all over but the shouting," said the coach. Tom worked hard in college and passed his last test with an A. When he saw the grade, he said, "It's all over but the shouting."
See also: all, but, shout

shout about someone or something

1. to yell about someone or something. Alice is shouting about Tom, the guy who stood her up. What are you shouting about?
2. to show one's pride or enthusiasm about someone or something. (Usually with the object shifted to the front of the sentence.) That's really something to shout about. She's something to shout about.
See also: shout

shout someone or something down

to overwhelm someone or something by shouting. Mary was trying to speak, but Sally shouted her down. Ann brought up a very important suggestion, but Bob shouted it down. The lecturer had to shout down the entire audience to be heard.
See also: down, shout

*something to shout about

Fig. something that causes one to show pride or enthusiasm about someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; have ~.) Getting into med school is really something to shout about. she's something to shout about.
See also: shout

within hailing distance

 and within calling distance; within shouting distance
close enough to hear someone call out. When the boat came within hailing distance, I asked if I could borrow some gasoline. We weren't within shouting distance, so I couldn't hear what you said to me.
See also: distance, hail, within

all over but the shouting

The outcome is a certainty, as in When Jim hit the ball over the fence, it was all over but the shouting. The term's first use in print, in 1842, was by Welsh sportswriter Charles James Apperley, but some authorities believe it originated even earlier in the United States for a close political race. Today it is applied to any contest. A common British version is all over bar the shouting.
See also: all, but, shout

shout down

Overwhelm or silence by yelling or jeering, as in The audience went wild and shouted down the speaker. [c. 1920]
See also: down, shout

shout from the rooftops

Announce publicly, as in Just because I won first prize you needn't shout it from the rooftops. This term alludes to climbing on a roof so as to be heard by more people. A similar phrase, using housetops, appears in the New Testament (Luke 12:3): "That which ye have spoken ... shall be proclaimed upon the housetops." [c. 1600]
See also: rooftop, shout

be shouting your head off

If you are shouting your head off, you are shouting a lot. There was one bloke in the box shouting his head off. Note: You can use other verbs with similar meanings to shout in this way. They were yelling their heads off.
See also: head, off, shout

a shouting match

A shouting match is an angry and uncontrolled argument or discussion about something, usually involving shouting. For a moment I thought the meeting was going to become a shouting match. Plans to expand the forest in the Northwest have turned into a shouting match between the timber industry and the environmental community.
See also: match, shout

shout something from the rooftops

If you shout something from the rooftops, you let a lot of people know about something because you are particularly excited or angry about it. I would love to be able to shout our results from the rooftops. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops: Cody is innocent! Note: Other verbs are sometimes used instead of shout. While our rivals on the right are screaming their opinions from the rooftops, we hold back, not wishing to offend anyone.
See also: rooftop, shout, something

in with a shout

If you are in with a shout, it is possible that you may achieve something or win something. The World Cup is beckoning and England are in with a shout. If you didn't get tickets, fear not, you're still in with a shout.
See also: shout

shout down

To overwhelm or silence someone by shouting loudly: The crowd shouted down the speaker. The protestors shouted the candidate down.
See also: down, shout

shout out

1. To say something loudly and generally; announce something: The student shouted out the answer to the question. The counselors shouted instructions out as the campers hiked through the woods.
2. To utter a loud strong cry: The survivors of the earthquake shouted out in hopes of being rescued.
See also: out, shout


n. an exclamation point. (see also screamer, shriek.) Put a shout at the end of the line. Make this dull story more sexy.


/proclaim from the housetops
To make known publicly.
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