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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

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

shout something from the rooftops

also scream something from the rooftops
to tell people about something that excites you Alex was so happy, he wanted to shout the news from the rooftops.
See also: rooftop, shout

a shouting match

  (British, American & Australian) also a slanging match (British & Australian)
an argument where people shout at each other If your child says something rude or unpleasant to you, don't get into a shouting match with them, just leave the room. The debate turned into a slanging match.
See also: match, shout

be nothing to shout about

  also not be much to shout about
to not be especially good or exciting The pay rise wasn't much to shout about, but I suppose it's better than nothing.
See also: nothing, shout

shout something from the rooftops

if you say you want to shout some news from the rooftops, you mean that you want to tell everyone about it because you are so excited When I discovered I was pregnant, I wanted to shout it from the rooftops.
See also: rooftop, shout

It's all over bar the shouting.

  (British & Australian)
something that you say when the result of an event or situation is certain The Italian team played superbly, and by half-time it was all over bar the shouting (= it was certain they would win).
See a shouting match
See also: all, bar, shout

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

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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Using our Shouter as an example, you might say something like: "Paula, when you shout like that, it disturbs the other residents and interrupts the staff.
The former teacher is now a professional shouter and practises twice a day in closed rooms.
CARDIFF City boss Dave Jones insists that he's not a shouter or bawler, but has two rules that cost a pretty penny or two if broken.
He's not a shouter and bawler, he treats people with respect and the respect is mutual.
The two hopefuls sang for the gold Tuesday in a final face-off before an expected 40 million voters who will decide whether a curvy Sherman Oaks belter can trump an Alabama soul shouter.
A ban shouldn't create problems in any case, because Mr Wenger isn't much of a shouter on the touchline.
Singer Clarence 'Tex' Williams is an ebullient frontman, as much a soul shouter as a lowdown bluesman, whipping the band into a frenzy when he reaches the frothing climax of each number.
He was not a massive talker or shouter but just led from the front.
A captain is not just a shouter, they're first in and last off the training ground.
She has been touring the continent with her band Blues Shouter where her blues style is much appreciated.
I know Wim Jansen was never a shouter and Arsene Wenger appears to be the same but I think I'd like to be a coach so I can take training in the morning and then go home without worrying about what the result on Saturday might do to me.
KEVIN SUMMERFIELD may be a lot of things, but there is one accusation the Rovers assistant boss refutes - that he is a shouter from the sideline.
A captain is not just a shouter and a bawler, they're the ones who are first in and last off the training ground.
In addition, Neville is exactly the kind of shouter and pointer he needs.