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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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in. to be great. (see also wailing.) Things really started to wail about midnight when the band really got going.

wail on someone

in. to beat someone. (see also whale the tar out of someone.) Who are those two guys wailing on Sam?
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and whaling
mod. excellent. (Teens.) What a whaling guitar!
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References in classic literature ?
The world is iron in these days," wailed the Jackal.
Where have I been," he vaguely wailed, "where have I been?
He lends me his rooms,' wailed Mr Morrison, 'so that I can be perfectly quiet and undisturbed while I write my novel, and, first thing I know, this music starts to arrive.
No wonder that they wailed, for over twelve thousand men, or nearly a fifth of the Kukuana army, had been destroyed in that awful struggle.
For hours he could not be separated from these dreams, though he wailed piteously in them.
After he had gone the women sat about and moaned and wailed until Jane thought that she should go mad; but, knowing that they were doing it all out of the kindness of their hearts, she endured the frightful waking nightmare of those awful hours in dumb and patient suffering.
He wept and wailed to himself: "The Talking Cricket was right.
Some folk, wailed he, reckoned that the Bosman ruling would give players a bit of a say in their own destinies;
The attack took place as Israel came to a standstill for two minutes on Holocaust Day as sirens wailed throughout the country in memory of the six million Jews killed by Nazi Germany nearly 60 years ago.
At this year's French Open, MARTINA HINGIS wailed like a spoilt brat in the arms of her mother before being forcibly taken back on court for the presentation.