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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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Every time we stagea protest, the government makes false promises of providing us with jobs if we end our protest, but no jobs are provided," they said.
Abdessatar Sahbani added that mass protests in December were observed mainly to protest the official visits of senior government officials in regions, in response to the failure to deliver on promises previously made by government officials.
The employees of the Larkana Development Authority recorded a protest demonstration for the issuance of their withheld salaries outside the Larkana Press Club on Monday.
GILGIT -- The residents of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on Wednesday are taking out a long march in protest against taxes imposed by the federal government after holding demonstrations in various districts of the region for last six days.
In Rawalpindi, a protest was taken out at Choor Chowk.
It's all systems go for protest actions on Thursday to denounce the alleged tyranny and extrajudicial killings in the country despite the limited space allowed by the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), the Movement Against Tyranny's (MAT) said on Wednesday.
Protests have been increasing over the last number of years.
Several scholars have conducted single case studies to explore why some protests succeed, but in the absence of cross-section or time series comparison their findings are hardly generalizable.
Saturday's protests are considered the first on-campus demonstration in over two years.
Instead of focusing on the size of short-lived protests -- however important or symbolic they may have been -- the picture becomes more complicated when we look at the average number of protests per day over a longer period of time.
The 24 governorates of the Republic of Tunisia have seen a noticeable decline in protests, both collective and individual.
I prefer dialogue more than protests because the political leaders control the protests, and if they want to find a solution they can do it through dialogue.
In a statement issued here Monday, he said "if I had been among the protestors and leading a protest movement I would have deferred my protest keeping in view the critical and heart-rending situation caused by torrential rains and flood.
Any protests received after those dates will not be reviewed and
It is quite possible, for instance, for protest movements to arouse counter-protests much larger than the original protests, and, hence, the net result of the protest is to move the system away from the direction in which the protesters want it to move.