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howl at someone or something

1. Lit. [for a canine] to bay at someone or something. The dog howls at me when I play the trumpet. The wolves howled at the moon and created a terrible uproar.
2. and hoot at someone or something Fig. to yell out at someone or something. The audience howled at the actors and upset them greatly. We hooted at the singer until he stopped.
3. Fig. to laugh very hard at someone or something. Everyone just howled at Tom's joke. I howled at the story Alice told.
See also: howl

howl someone down

 and hoot someone down
Fig. to yell at or boo someone's performance; to force someone to stop talking by yelling or booing. The audience howled the inept magician down. They howled down the musician.
See also: down, howl

howl with something

to yell or holler because of something, such as pain. Roger howled with pain as the needle went into his arm. Mary howled with grief when she saw what had happened to her roses.
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bay at the moon


howl at the moon

If you bay at the moon or howl at the moon, you waste your time and energy trying to do something which is impossible or trying to get something which you cannot have. You're looking for the perfect man and he doesn't exist. You're baying at the moon.
See also: bay, moon

bay at the moon

clamour or make an outcry to no effect.
The barking of dogs at a full moon has been a metaphor for futile activity since the mid 17th century.
See also: bay, moon


1. n. something funny. What a howl the surprise party turned out to be when the guest of honor didn’t show up.
2. in. to laugh very hard. Everybody howled at my mistake.
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HOWL Gallery/Tattoo will host The Devils Reign, a two month art show featuring many of the world's best known tattoo artists, as well as illustrators, photographers, painters and sculptors.
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So if you happen to hear a wolf howl, even when the moon is full, you will know it actually has something to howl about.
And Howl himself appears to be an ineffectual, narcissistic dandy for much of the time.
This had to be the first time in the history of mankind, Bach, and Louis Armstrong that anyone connected the tapping of a hockey stick with the lonely howl of a bugle.
The voice of the lead male character Howl is supplied by Christian Bale, 31, star of the upcoming film ''Batman Begins.
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The impression one comes away with after reading Howl on Trial is just how prophetic and visionary Ginsberg was.
She said, "I'll bring the wolf in and see if we can get him to howl.
While Howl Griff is on tour now, Gogs will get the chance to hear the album at the tour's final two dates next month.
I have the misfortune of living next door to a woman who, by letting her six captive dogs bark and howl for all hours of the day and night, has completely destroyed the charm of this neighborhood.
The ultrasonic tones it emitted, undetectable to the human ear, often caused dogs to flinch and howl.
Certain dogs may howl when music, especially if it features certain high-pitched instruments, is played within their hearing.
Divided into basically four, roughly equal parts, the movie Howl uses four different tropes to convey what Ginsberg was trying to do in the poem.
Summary: A sell-out audience attended Howl, the opening movie at the Sundance Film Festival.