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protest too much

To deny something so often and/or so forcefully that people think one is not telling the truth. Taken from a line in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "Methinks the lady doth protest too much" (and often used in that structure). At even the slightest suggestion that there might be some impropriety in the company's accounts, the manager flies into a rage. He protests a bit too much, don't you think? Shiela mentions at every opportunity how she loves her husband and didn't marry him for his money—methinks she doth protest too much.
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under protest

Expressly against one's objections or disagreement. He signed the documents under protest, aware that he had no real agency in the matter.
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protest about (someone or something)

1. To complain about, object to, or vocally disapprove of someone or something. The kids wouldn't stop protesting about going on a camping trip instead of going to Disney Land. I heard that someone has been protesting about me to upper management.
2. To join or participate in a public demonstration or rally in opposition to someone or something. Nearly 40,000 marchers descended on the capitol building protesting about the government's new law. A large group of students are protesting about the new university president.
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ripple of protest

1. A low murmur or series of murmurs complaining about or protesting against something. There was a ripple of protest or two among the staff when we announced the cutbacks, but pretty much everyone recognized that the company would go under without them. News of the school's decision sent ripples of protest through the crowded auditorium
2. A small, understated, or ineffective action or series of actions in protest of something. There have been a few ripples of protest in the streets following the passing of the controversial legislation, but they were quickly quelled by police.
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protest about someone or something

 and protest against someone or something 
1. to complain about someone or something. Valerie is always protesting about some problem at work. She filed a complaint that protested against her supervisor.
2. to rally or demonstrate against someone or something. A number of people protested about the war. They were mainly protesting against the draft.
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ripple of protest

quiet remarks protesting something; a small amount of subdued protest. There was only a ripple of protest about the new tax law. The rude comedian hardly drew a ripple of protest.
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under protest

after expressing your objection or reluctance; unwillingly.
1997 Independent Jon Benet would come to the Griffin house for her lessons on deportment, disappearing into the basement—sometimes under protest—to practise Dior turns.
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under ˈprotest

unwillingly and after expressing disagreement: The new contract was finally accepted, but only under protest.
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(TAP) - The report of the Tunisian Social Observatory under the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) revealed that the third quarter of 2017 has seen 3,136 collective protests.
Dogar added that the government should not have right to govern if it cannot implement the laws and adding that the government can stop the protest by using force.
Some of the teachers clearly argued that they would either die during the protest or take home the notification of their regularization.
Protest arises when there is strongly felt dissatisfaction with existing programs and policies of government or other organizations, on the part of those who feel themselves affected by these policies but who are unable to express their discontent through regular and legitimate channels, and who feel unable to exercise the weight to which they think they are entitled in the decision-making process.
McLeod (2011) defines social protest "as a form of political expression that seeks to bring about social or political change by influencing the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of the public or the policies of an organization or institution" (p.
The controversial Protest Law was issued under former interim president Adly Mansour in November 2013, as a deterrent measure to pro- Brotherhood demonstrations.
This included killing over 1,000 civilians on a single day at Rabaa and thereby committing the largest massacre in postcolonial Egyptian history, declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, issuing mass death sentences, and passing the new draconian protest law.
Collective protests have significantly decreased from 860 in October 2015 to 349 collective movements in November 2015.
I'm against protests, because these protests lead to grudges and conflicts among people, and it is not the only way to express our opinions.
The date of filing is the date the protest is received by the Purchasing Department.
Catalin Augustin Stoica, Vintila Mihailescu (ed.), Iarna vrajbei noastre: protestele din Romania, ianuarie-februarie 2012 [The Winter of our Discontent: Protests in Romania, January-February 2012], Bucuresti: Paidea, 2012.
Last August 19, Locsin ordered the filing of protest over latest reports of unannounced transit of five Chinese warships in Sibutu Strait since July.
In Khar, scores of students participated in the protest and blocked the Khar-Peshawar road to traffic.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) political party, which once held a months-long dharna to protest the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, and has often played the politics of protest to fulfil demands, is having to put up with other political parties' protests now in its government's time.
A member of the Council of Patriots (CoP) Senator Sando Johnson of Bomi County distances himself from the July 24th protest.