wail like a banshee

wail like a banshee

Scream shrilly, as in Terrified, she wailed like a banshee. In Irish folklore, a banshee is a spirit in the form of a wailing woman whose appearance is an omen that one member of a family will die. The simile dates from the late 1800s.
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Her favourite way of proving this is to wail like a banshee for food, and then flounce off as soon as it is served.