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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.
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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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Once again he took to wandering in the woods, but the wild brother came no more; and though he listened through long vigils, the mournful howl was never raised.
Buck writhed his lips into the preliminary of a snarl, but sniffed noses with him, Whereupon the old wolf sat down, pointed nose at the moon, and broke out the long wolf howl.
The team's computer program analyses both volume (or amplitude) and pitch (or frequency) of wolf howls.
After two years in the forest, he had received responses to almost 500 howls.
And what kind of sound could possibly be as reverential as the howl of a bugle?
The ultrasonic tones it emitted, undetectable to the human ear, often caused dogs to flinch and howl.
Dogs howl to signal location when they are hunting.
We use a combination of howls and scents but it's not just a case of plucking out a tape and playing it.
Ginsberg's naked and trembling victims fill his poem with wails, screams, shrieks and animal howls of pain, Aristotelian pity and terror fill Dante's heart when he sees and hears the suffering of his friends.
She was followed by more howls, one painful sounding screech, Mr.
There I howled my primal howl, howling as a beast howls until my cry scraped like brick against brick.
MY wife and I have a good sex life but every time she orgasms she howls like a wolf.
Of course, the trial made the book, and Ginsberg, famous, and Kerouac complained that people now referred to him as "the guy Howls dedicated to.
She put some howls together to make a big "troop" of three calling monkeys, and left others as single calls in a small "troop.
The article "Howling at the Moon," (Currents, January/February 2005) is environmentalist propaganda, and howls the false gospels of peace, harmony and joy between humankind and large carnivores.