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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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An Associated Press reporter at the scene said police and troops chased the protesters out of most of the square as the sun was about to set over the city.
The protesters are demanding that the military quickly announce a date for the handover of power to a civilian government.
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They told the protesters that they were here to hold talks with them on directions of CM Punjab and also assured them that no arrest had been made in Lahore.
Protests in the Kasur were soon erupted after Zainab's body recovered from a garbage heap, claiming two lives on Wednesday after police resorted to firing in a bid to stop the protesters from surrounding the District Police Officer (DPO) and District Coordination Officer (DCO) offices.
I have to wonder why these protesters think that they have the right to create problems for others.
Following the negotiations, the leader of the religious group appealed to protesters across the country to disperse.
Roughly 8,500 elite police and paramilitary troops in riot gear are taking part in the clearance operation, which was launched soon after the final deadline of 7am given to protesters expired.
KARACHI -- An eerie silence punctured by vengeful yells engulfed Karachi on Saturday after security forces came down hard on protesters in Islamabad's Faizabad.
Teddy Baguilat criticized the police for violently dispersing his fellow indigenous peoples at the rally that escalated when a police patrol car rammed the protesters.
SWABI -- Assistant commissioner was among the eight who were injured when police opened fire over power protesters in Tehsil Chota Lahor on Wednesday.
ANKARA (CyHAN)- Security forces detained a group of protesters, who are believed to be members of the Revolutionary Party (DP), after they raided NTV's Ankara headquarters on Thursday.