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(one) is going to murder (someone)

One will be extremely, belligerently angry with someone (though not with an actual intent to kill them). Mom is going to murder you if she finds out you broke her antique vase! I swear, I'm going to murder him if he goes poking his nose in my room again.
See also: going, murder

(one) will murder (someone)

One will be extremely, belligerently angry with someone (though not with an actual intent to kill them). Mom will murder you if she finds out you broke her antique vase! I swear, I'll murder him if he goes poking his nose in my room again.
See also: murder, will

be murder on (someone or something)

To cause a lot of harm, distress, or ill effects to someone or something. Staring at this computer screen all day has really been murder on my eyes! I just think working in the evenings and having to get up with the kids in the morning is going to be murder you.
See also: murder, on

conspiracy to commit murder

In law, an offense marked by an agreement or contract one makes with or among others to murder someone else. The emails between himself and the other suspects gave the prosecution enough evidence to charge them all with conspiracy to commit murder.

conspiracy to murder

In law, an offense marked by an agreement or contract one makes with or among others to murder someone else. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. The emails between himself and the other suspects gave the prosecution enough evidence to charge them all with conspiracy to murder.
See also: conspiracy, murder

cry bloody murder

To scream or complain as though one is experiencing something very dangerous, serious, or frightening (which is not usually the case). Joey cried bloody murder after his scoop of ice cream fell off the cone. You need to stop crying bloody murder over every little injury—a paper cut is not a big deal! If I don't get a refund by tomorrow, I am going to cry bloody murder.
See also: bloody, cry, murder

get away with murder

To avoid consequences for any of one's actions; to be able to do whatever one wants without consequences. Of course he's misbehaving at school—you let him get away with murder at home!
See also: away, get, murder

I could murder (some kind of food)

I'm so hungry that I could (or would like to) devour (some kind of food). I'm famished after that hike. I could murder a hamburger right now.
See also: could, kind, murder, of

murder will out

Atrocities, especially murder, cannot be suppressed, denied, or remain undetected forever. Though the suspect has eluded us so far, murder will out, and we will see the perpetrator of these heinous crimes behind bars eventually. The government has today finally acknowledged its role in the massacre during the rebellion. Murder will out, even if it is twenty years late.
See also: murder, out, will

scream bloody murder

1. To scream or shout very loudly. Enid screamed bloody murder when she noticed the snake in the rocks next to her. Please stop screaming bloody murder across the house. If you want to talk, go to the same room.
2. To forcefully complain, especially loudly and/or in a public manner. When they refused to give me a refund, I screamed bloody murder until the manager came out. Our customers will scream bloody murder if we raise the prices again.
See also: bloody, murder, scream

scream blue murder

1. To scream or shout very loudly. Enid screamed blue murder when she noticed the snake in the rocks next to her. Please stop screaming blue murder across the house. If you want to talk, go to the same room.
2. To forcefully complain, especially loudly and/or in a public manner. When they refused to give me a refund, I screamed blue murder until the manager came out. Our customers will scream blue murder if we raise the prices again.
See also: blue, murder, scream

yell bloody murder

1. To scream or shout very loudly. Enid yelled bloody murder when she noticed the snake in the rocks next to her. Please stop yelling bloody murder across the house. If you want to talk, go to the same room.
2. To complain forcefully or loudly, especially as to attract public attention. When they refused to give me a refund, I yelled bloody murder until the manager came out. Our customers will yell bloody murder if we raise the prices again.
See also: bloody, murder, yell
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cry bloody murder

Fig. to scream as if something very serious has happened, especially unnecessarily. Now that Bill is really hurt, he's crying bloody murder. There is no point in crying bloody murder about the bill if you knew the restaurant was expensive.
See also: bloody, cry, murder

get away with murder

 
1. Lit. to commit murder and not get punished for it. (See also get away with something.) Don't kill me! You can't get away with murder!
2. Fig. to do something very bad and not get punished for it. That guy always gets away with murder—just because he's cute. You will spoil your son if you let him get away with murder. You should punish him for his back-talk.
See also: away, get, murder

get away with someone or something

to escape, taking someone or something with one. The kidnapper got away with little Brian. The burglars got away with a lot of cash and some diamonds.
See also: away, get

get away with something

 and get by with something
to do something and not get punished for it. (See also get away with murder) You can't get away with that! Larry got by with the lie.
See also: away, get

murder on something

very destructive or harmful to something. Running a marathon is murder on your knees. This dry weather is murder on my crops.
See also: murder, on

Murder will out.

Prov. Murder will always be discovered.; A bad deed will be found out. Horace thought he had disposed of his victim in such a way that no one would ever discover his crime, but murder will out.
See also: murder, out, will

scream bloody murder

 and yell bloody murder
Fig. to complain bitterly; to complain unduly. When we put him in an office without a window, he screamed bloody murder. There is something wrong next door. Everyone is yelling bloody murder.
See also: bloody, murder, scream
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get away with

1. Escape the consequences or blame for, as in Bill often cheats on exams but usually gets away with it. [Late 1800s]
2. get away with murder. Escape the consequences of killing someone; also, do anything one wishes. For example, If the jury doesn't convict him, he'll have gotten away with murder, or He talks all day on the phone-the supervisor is letting him get away with murder. [First half of 1900s]
See also: away, get

murder will out

Certain news cannot be suppressed, as in He's being charged with embezzlement and fraud-murder will out, you know. This expression already appeared in Chaucer's The Nun's Priest's Tale: "Murder will out that we see day by day." [Late 1300s]
See also: murder, out, will

scream bloody murder

Angrily protest as loudly as possible, as in When Jimmy took her teddy bear, Lauren screamed bloody murder, or Residents are screaming bloody murder about the increase in property taxes. The scream here may be either literal (as in the first example) or figurative, which is also true of invoking murder as though one were in danger of being killed. Versions of this term, such as cry murder, date from the 1400s.
See also: bloody, murder, scream
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.

get away with murder

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone gets away with murder, they do whatever they like and no one punishes or criticizes them. His charm and the fact that he is so likeable often allows him to get away with murder. His mother is so soft — she lets him get away with murder.
See also: away, get, murder

scream blue murder

BRITISH, INFORMAL or

scream bloody murder

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
1. If someone screams blue murder, they complain a lot about something. Unions accept free accommodation and travel, yet they would scream blue murder if the same was received by politicians. `If the FBI was doing this, people would be screaming bloody murder,' says Richard Taylor, a security and privacy expert.
2. If someone screams blue murder, they scream and shout very loudly. She screamed blue murder as he came at her. She ran from the building, screaming bloody murder. Note: The expression `blue murder' is perhaps derived from the French oath `morbleu', which is a variation of `mort Dieu'. `Bleu' or blue is used in French as a euphemism for `Dieu' or God, so `morbleu' literally means `blue death'.
See also: blue, murder, scream
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

get away with murder

succeed in doing whatever you choose without being punished or suffering any disadvantage. informal
See also: away, get, murder

murder will out

murder cannot remain undetected.
This expression was used by Chaucer in The Prioress's Tale: ‘Mordre wol out, certeyn, it wol nat faille’.
See also: murder, out, will

scream (or yell) blue murder

make an extravagant and noisy protest. informal
A North American variant of this phrase is scream bloody murder .
1995 Iain Banks Whit I was now left with the ticklish problem of how to let my great-aunt know there was somebody there in the room with her without…causing her to scream blue murder.
See also: blue, murder, scream
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

get away with ˈmurder

(informal, often humorous) do something wrong without being punished, criticized, etc: His latest book is rubbish! He seems to think that because he’s a famous author he can get away with murder!She lets the students get away with murder.
See also: away, get, murder

I could ˈmurder a...

(spoken) used to say that you very much want to eat or drink something: I could murder a coffee.
See also: could, murder

he, she, etc. will ˈmurder you

(spoken) used to warn somebody that another person will be very angry with them: Your brother will murder you when he finds out what you’ve done to his car!
See also: murder, will

scream blue ˈmurder

(British English) (American English scream bloody ˈmurder) (informal) shout, scream, etc. very loudly and for a long time; make a lot of noise or fuss because you disagree very strongly with something: Jill will scream blue murder if Ann gets promoted and she doesn’t.
See also: blue, murder, scream
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

murder

and slaughter
tv. to overwhelm; to beat someone in a sports contest. We went out on the field prepared to slaughter them. The murdered us in the second half.

scream bloody murder

tv. to scream very loudly; to complain or protest loudly. She screams bloody murder every time I get near her.
See also: bloody, murder, scream
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

get away with murder

Informal
To escape punishment for or detection of an egregiously blameworthy act.
See also: away, get, murder

murder will out

Secrets or misdeeds will eventually be disclosed.
See also: murder, out, will
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

scream bloody/blue murder, to

To shout loudly in pain, fear, or anger. The second term appears to have originated as a play on the French expletive morbleu (mort bleu translates as “blue murder”). The Hotten Dictionary of Slang (1859) defined it as a desperate or alarming cry. The term was used by Dion Boucicault about 1874: “They were standing by and trying to screech blue murder” (quoted in M. R. Booth, English Plays of the Nineteenth Century; cited by OED). It is heard less often, at least in America, than the more graphic bloody murder, dating from the first half of the 1900s. For example, “The one-year-old who has yelled bloody murder during his physical . . .” (B. Spock, Problems of Parents, 1962).
See also: bloody, blue, scream
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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References in classic literature ?
If the murder had not been committed till Tuesday night, who was the prophet that had foretold it, in all its circumstances, on Tuesday morning?
Such was the excitement, that the Parker's Falls Gazette anticipated its regular day of publication, and came out with half a form of blank paper and a column of double pica emphasized with capitals, and headed HORRID MURDER OF MR.
I was firmly convinced in my own mind that Justine, and indeed every human being, was guiltless of this murder. I had no fear, therefore, that any circumstantial evidence could be brought forward strong enough to convict her.
that my brother was murdered so they hunted around and tried
"IT'S TRUE, EVERY WORD--I MURDERED HIM IN COLD BLOOD!"
At the question, 'When you were working with Dmitri, didn't you see anyone on the staircase at such-and-such a time?'--answer: 'To be sure folks may have gone up and down, but I did not notice them.' 'And didn't you hear anything, any noise, and so on?' 'We heard nothing special.' 'And did you hear, Nikolay, that on the same day Widow So-and-so and her sister were murdered and robbed?' 'I never knew a thing about it.
He keeps repeating his old story about the murder: 'I know nothing of it, never heard of it till the day before yesterday.' 'And why didn't you come to the police till now?' 'I was frightened.' 'And why did you try to hang yourself?' 'From anxiety.'
Some time after the publication of Kidnapped we stopped for a short while in the Appin country, where we were surprised and interested to discover that the feeling concerning the murder of Glenure (the "Red Fox," also called "Colin Roy") was almost as keen as though the tragedy had taken place the day before.
If you ever read this tale, you will likely ask yourself more questions than I should care to answer: as for instance how the Appin murder has come to fall in the year 1751, how the Torran rocks have crept so near to Earraid, or why the printed trial is silent as to all that touches David Balfour.
It was certainly an apparent vengeance on their crime of mutiny and piracy that brought them to the state they were in; and they showed not the least remorse for the crime, but added new villanies to it, such as the piece of monstrous cruelty of wounding a poor slave because he did not, or perhaps could not, understand to do what he was directed, and to wound him in such a manner as made him a cripple all his life, and in a place where no surgeon or medicine could be had for his cure; and, what was still worse, the intentional murder, for such to be sure it was, as was afterwards the formed design they all laid to murder the Spaniards in cold blood, and in their sleep.
The Spaniards were glad enough to get rid of them, but very honestly represented to them the certain destruction they were running into; told them they had suffered such hardships upon that very spot, that they could, without any spirit of prophecy, tell them they would be starved or murdered, and bade them consider of it.
I have no doubt that what she heard was the report of the gun, and that this was the real instant of the murder.
She must be a heartless creature to sit laughing at some jest within a few hours of her husband's murder."
'He has likewise attempted, sir, to murder the female servant,' said Mr.
The tall one, then, had done the murder, if murder there was.