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hue and cry

A large public protest. The company's decision to send thousands of jobs overseas started a real hue and cry as people threatened to boycott its stores.
See also: and, cry, hue

a hue and cry

Fig. a loud public protest or opposition. (See also .) There was a hue and cry when the city government tried to build houses on the playing field. The decision to close the local school started a real hue and cry.
See also: and, cry, hue

hue and cry

A public clamor, as of protest or demand. For example, The reformers raised a hue and cry about political corruption. This redundant expression ( hue and cry both mean "an outcry"), dating from the 1200s, originally meant "an outcry calling for the pursuit of a criminal." By the mid-1500s it was also being used more broadly, as in the example.
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a hue and cry

If there is a hue and cry about something, there is a loud protest about it or opposition to it. There probably will be a hue and cry about my suggestion of more power to the police. Our officers prepare, take a test, and accept the results without any hue and cry. Note: Until the 19th century, `hue and cry' was the legal name for the cries of someone who had been robbed and who was calling for others to help. It was an offence for anyone to refuse to join the chase, once they heard the cry. `Hue' comes from the Old French `huer', meaning `to shout'.
See also: and, cry, hue

a ˌhue and ˈcry

loud opposition, protest, etc: There was a great hue and cry among the parents when it was announced that the school was to close.If the government raises taxes too much, there’ll be a real hue and cry.This phrase refers to the medieval law ‘hu e cri’, which stated that the public had to chase and try to catch a criminal.
See also: and, cry, hue

hue and cry

A loud public clamor. The phrase was most usually heard as “raise a hue and cry.” According to old English law, any citizen who heard shouts that a possible lawbreaker was being pursued was required to join in the chase. The phrase is a combination of the Anglo-French hu (a shout of warning) and cri (to cry out).
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The hue and cry reached a crescendo in 1894, when Congress passed a new income tax: Any money earned over $4,000 was taxed at 2 percent.
The band's new album, Next Move, is their 10th to date and is a clear indication of the direction Hue and Cry have been taking since their pop success at the end of the 80s and early 90s.
He also took a dig at pro-India politicians who never miss a chance to make hue and cry over such gruesome incidents but at the same time share their moments with the perpetrators.
The family members offered resistance to the armed men and on the hue and cry of family members, villagers reached the spot and during exchange of firing between villagers and robbers, a robber identified as Mevo Malik was killed on the spot.
Listening to the woman's hue and cry, passersby rushed towards the spot but the culprit succeeded in fleeing the scene.
The victim raised hue and cry, upon which the farmers working in nearby fields chased the bandit and called Rescue 15 for help.
HAFIZABAD -- A teen aged girl of Gujranwala who has tied knot with a young boy against the wishes of her parents, has been seriously injured and thrown in the Jhang Branch canal, was fished out by the villagers on her hue and cry miraculously.
FROM the pop soundings of Go West and Hue and Cry to the soulful emotions of The Christians, tonight sees the three critically acclaimed legends join forces for a gig at the Philharmonic Hall.
While comedy and theatre dominates Edinburgh, music also plays a part and Pat and Greg Kane are making a Hue and Cry about it.
And the Coatbridge twosome (Pat and Greg Kane) have revitalised Hue And Cry as some kind of New Orleans-style funk outfit.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday downplayed the recent hue and cry staged by certain western leaders about Tehran's nuclear activities, and pointed out that such remarks are merely aimed at attaining an upper-hand in the upcoming talks with Iran.
Now the hue and cry is for the Texans to dump David Carr and keep Young, a Houston native, at home.
Make a note of SLICK, HUE AND CRY and IT'S A DREAM from the same stable.
You've read the dire projections and heard the hue and cry.
Responding to the national hue and cry over the Enron mess and suggestions for changes in corporate reporting, FET convened a high-level task force this winter and quickly developed a series of thorough recommendations for improving financial management, financial reporting and corporate governance.