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be a howling success

To be extremely or triumphantly successful. For having such a limited budget, their play turned out to be a howling success. My business was a howling success in the 1980s and '90s, but the advent of the Internet rendered my services obsolete.
See also: howling, success

howl in pain

To wail or yell because one is feeling pain. Sally twisted her ankle and fell to the ground, howling in pain.
See also: howl, pain

howl like a banshee

To scream, howl, or screech in a very loud, high-pitched, and unsettling manner. Some animal has been howling like a banshee in the alleyway all night long. Kids, stop howling like a banshees back there! I need to focus on driving and I can barely hear myself think!
See also: banshee, howl, like

howl out

1. To let out a loud cry, wail, or shout. The child began howling out in pain after the doctor gave him the tetanus shot. The sound of the mob of protestors howling out in anger echoed through the streets of the city.
2. To utter or express something in a long, intense cry or shout. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "howl" and "out." Tom howled out his despair after he came home to find that his wife had left him. The crowd howled their frustrations out after the referee awarded the point to the opposing team.
See also: howl, out

howl with (something)

To emphatically respond to some stimulus in a particular manner (named after "with"). His opening monologue must have gone really well—we could hear the audience howling with laughter. Sally twisted her ankle and fell to the ground, howling with pain.
See also: howl

howl with laughter

To laugh uproariously. His opening monologue must have gone really well—we could hear the audience howling with laughter.
See also: howl, laughter

howl with pain

To wail or yell because one is feeling pain. Sally twisted her ankle and fell to the ground, howling with pain.
See also: howl, pain

howling drunk

slang Extremely drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really howling drunk.
See also: drunk, howling

howling fantods

old-fashioned Extreme disquiet of the body and mind; anxious or nervous unease. My poor mother was afflicted with the howling fantods for the rest of her life following the accident. Just thinking about going out on a stage in front of hundreds of people to give my presentation is enough to give me the howling fantods.
See also: fantod, howling

screaming fantods

old-fashioned Extreme disquiet of the body and mind; anxious or nervous unease. My poor mother was afflicted with the screaming fantods for the rest of her life following the accident. Just thinking about going out on a stage in front of hundreds of people to give my presentation is enough to give me the screaming fantods.
See also: fantod, scream
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

howling success

A tremendous triumph, as in Their first play was a howling success. This colloquial expression employs howling in the sense of "very pronounced" or "glaring," a usage dating from the mid-1800s.
See also: howling, success
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

howling (drunk)

mod. alcohol intoxicated; loudly drunk. Willy got howling drunk and ran in the streets with his coat off.
See also: drunk, howling

howling

verb

screaming fantods

and (howling) fantods
n. extreme anxiety; nervous hysteria. (Old. One might call this vintage literary mock colloquial, since it survives in the works of well-known writers and occasional literary use. The origin is unknown, but the Oxford English Dictionary lists Fantad with the same meaning, and cautiously suggests that is related to fantasy and similar words containing fan.) The afternoon’s excitement has left Lady Waddington with a case of the screaming fantods. The reviewer felt that any slang dictionary that excluded “fantods” was defective.
See also: fantod, scream

howling fantods

verb
See also: fantod, howling
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Broadcast stimuli used to elicit canid vocal responses include sirens (Wenger & Cringan 1978, Pyrah 1984), human-simulated howling (Okoniewski & Chambers 1984, Fuller & Sampson 1988) and recordings of species-specific vocalizations (Lehner 1982, Mitchell et al.
The howling from our sections about how diverse they are seemed to give life to Shakespeare's dicta about "protesting too much."
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ANDREW TAIT, Jesmond, Newcastle THE HOWLING WIND The Howling Wind So prim and proper Snapping branches And creeping into doorways I keep my head down as I Walk And think of festive hats and Crackers beside wine and cakes It could have been snow Or ice that rolled the wheely Bin down the street and blew My hat off but no it was the Howling Wind that has no mercy And dances with papers like Michael Jackson and disco girls While seagulls glide and roll And curl and cry Then by chance its all calm And quiet like graveyard Dreams then the Howling Wind returns for a second Rave and blows me up the Hill so I can buy salad and Soup and bread.
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