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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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.

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'.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hue and cry

A public uproar or protest. This term once denoted an English system of apprehending robbers and other criminals. Neighbors and bystanders were obliged to join a “hue and cry,” that is, shout and make other noise while a suspect was chased to the bounds of a manor (hue comes from the Old French huer, “to shout”). Later the term was transferred to any public outcry. John Ruskin used it ironically in Mode Painting (1846): “The public took up the hue and cry conscientiously enough,” meaning they supported the fashionable view.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

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).
See also: and, cry, hue
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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Open Soul marks Hue and Cry's first pop album in 16 years and a return to form for brothers Pat and Greg Kane, who hit success in the late 80s with singles like Looking for Linda.
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.
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B.C.'s Attorney General launched an appeal hoping to reverse the bombshell court ruling after a great hue and cry was raised throughout Canada by citizens and politicians of several parties.
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The first survey resulted in a hue and cry that led to a new interest in urban forests among community leaders.
She said the opposition was making hue and cry just to divert attention from their corruption, Radio Pakistan reported.
According to onlookers and police, the young boys along with other people were enjoying a cool bath to beat the heat when one of them, Shahzeb Yousufzai, lost his balance and started raising a hue and cry. His brother, Aamir Yousufzai and friend Shahzeb Arain, tried to rescue him but all of them drowned.
The victim added that when she raised a hue and cry, it attracted the attention of others in the area who rushed to help her.
ISLAMABAD -- Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Coordination Nadeem Afzal Chan Friday said Aleem Khan was not making a hue and cry like Nawaz Sharif while facing the law of land.
The accused fled from the scene after the people passing by gathered in the field listening to the hue and cry of the victims.
Talking to the media outside Punjab Assembly here, he said that opposition should contest election of leader of the house in Punjab Assembly with courage, and hue and cry would not benefit them.