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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

 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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Even the more peaceful techniques can create a climate of disorder, block access to a site, draw large numbers of police officers to a specific location in order to weaken security at other locations, obstruct traffic, and possibly intimidate people from attending the events being protested," it says.
Catholics who protested the war did so in ways and for reasons that often differed from their non-Catholic counterparts.
Weaver, a 29-year-old graduate student, started with the sweatshop issue on campus but has protested (and been arrested) over homelessness and low-income housing issues.
Thus, it has been suggested, a taxpayer could undertake to prepare its protest early with certain knowledge that Forms 5701 would not be issued at the 11th hour that could significantly affect the items to be protested.
Early in November, dozens of Nursing Institute graduate students protested in Qasr Al-Aini Street demanding government employment.
Antonovich intervened Thursday on behalf of residents who protested annexation of the Stonecrest neighborhood to the city of Santa Clarita, asking the agency that rules on municipal boundary changes to give them a second chance.
We met at noon on the day of the event and protested at the gates of the campus until 1 p.
10) The women protested violently in the streets against the high cost of living and consequent erosion of their standard of living, launching a boycott of chicken, fish and vegetables that shut down many of the city's food markets for two weeks.
Students also protested for other political reasons, such as objecting to the Protest Law and calling for a boycott of the constitution.
However, nearly a month after the Carrion shooting, none of these ``civil-rights leaders'' has protested.