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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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Some of the protesting teachers were hired during the previous government's tenure, but the incumbent government believes they hold fake degrees and certifications.
In protesting the war, often in the absence of strong clerical peace leadership, CPFers embraced the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and gave birth to a new, more equalitarian dynamic within the American Catholic Church.
Respondents generally expressed pessimism, believing that protesting against the current war, both locally and abroad, would have little effect on international action to halt the violence that has cost so many Palestinian lives over the past few weeks.
Besides protesting the proposed Article 23, the demonstrators, representing a broad cross-section of Hong Kong's population, have called on the government to address this democratic deficit.
As well as protesting the war, demonstrators demanded more money for health care, jobs and education.
We need ways of protesting that are accessible to the uninitiated, untrained, nonvegan population as well as to the seasoned veteran.
Mothers protesting food prices and shortages would protest in locations symbolically appropriate, such as marketplaces and shops.
While talking to newsmen, the protesting man said that he has rendered many services for the party but he has been deprived of a job and other facilities.
No one from the protesting parties should be taken into custody nor should anyone put a damper on Imran Khan's sit-in programme, told Justice Siddiqui during the hearing.
The main demands of the protests according to the report included: higher wages, salaries and/or allowances and protesting arbitrary dismissals.
The happy surprise is that more mainstream American groups are getting involved in protesting the actions in Iraq.
While talking to newsmen, the protesting man said that he was appointed in 2003 by the former Taluka Nazim Qurban Ali Abbasi but he has been sacked by the concerned authorities since past several months due to which his family members are facing starvation.
Other protests occurred because of the electricity outages and increases in the cost of living, the report said, followed by workers protesting against working conditions.
While the protesting teachers observed token hunger strike in the protest camp set up under the banner of Haqooq Teachers Association (HTA) in front of the Press Club here, another teachers' organization, the All Government Teachers Association Balochistan held a demonstration expressing solidarity with the Package teachers in favour of their demands.