scream bloody murder


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scream bloody murder

1. To scream or shout very loudly. Enid screamed bloody murder when she noticed the snake in the rocks next to her. Please stop screaming bloody murder across the house. If you want to talk, go to the same room.
2. To forcefully complain, especially loudly and/or in a public manner. When they refused to give me a refund, I screamed bloody murder until the manager came out. Our customers will scream bloody murder if we raise the prices again.
See also: bloody, murder, scream

scream bloody murder

 and yell bloody murder
Fig. to complain bitterly; to complain unduly. When we put him in an office without a window, he screamed bloody murder. There is something wrong next door. Everyone is yelling bloody murder.
See also: bloody, murder, scream

scream bloody murder

Angrily protest as loudly as possible, as in When Jimmy took her teddy bear, Lauren screamed bloody murder, or Residents are screaming bloody murder about the increase in property taxes. The scream here may be either literal (as in the first example) or figurative, which is also true of invoking murder as though one were in danger of being killed. Versions of this term, such as cry murder, date from the 1400s.
See also: bloody, murder, scream

scream bloody murder

tv. to scream very loudly; to complain or protest loudly. She screams bloody murder every time I get near her.
See also: bloody, murder, scream
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A homeowner who sees his property tax double will scream bloody murder at his druggist, who happens to moonlight as a local tax assessor, and if he doesn't see tangible improvements in exchange for his tax money-more streetlights and better paving, with more cops and better teachers much in evidence-he will buy his aspirin elsewhere, and otherwise get even.
The budget-cutting powers given to the governor under Proposition 76 are needed, but they will cause special-interest groups to scream bloody murder when the cuts are made.
Politicians and groups that benefit from heavily subsidized space in the pamphlet will no doubt scream bloody murder at the proposed fee hikes.
Naturally, the TV and radio media would scream bloody murder because it would deprive them of potential income from their newscasts, but that most certainly is the least of my worries.
Clearly, the union is setting the stage for contract negotiations next year so it can scream bloody murder that officers are not paid enough and work too many hours a week so they need a big pay raise and a three-day, 36-hour workweek to sustain their ability to ``drive and wave.
are right to scream bloody murder over the plan to use plants and clay to protect them from rainwater streaming down the mountainside.