scream blue murder


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scream blue murder

1. To scream or shout very loudly. Enid screamed blue murder when she noticed the snake in the rocks next to her. Please stop screaming blue 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 blue murder until the manager came out. Our customers will scream blue murder if we raise the prices again.
See also: blue, murder, scream

scream blue murder

BRITISH, INFORMAL or

scream bloody murder

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
1. If someone screams blue murder, they complain a lot about something. Unions accept free accommodation and travel, yet they would scream blue murder if the same was received by politicians. `If the FBI was doing this, people would be screaming bloody murder,' says Richard Taylor, a security and privacy expert.
2. If someone screams blue murder, they scream and shout very loudly. She screamed blue murder as he came at her. She ran from the building, screaming bloody murder. Note: The expression `blue murder' is perhaps derived from the French oath `morbleu', which is a variation of `mort Dieu'. `Bleu' or blue is used in French as a euphemism for `Dieu' or God, so `morbleu' literally means `blue death'.
See also: blue, murder, scream

scream (or yell) blue murder

make an extravagant and noisy protest. informal
A North American variant of this phrase is scream bloody murder .
1995 Iain Banks Whit I was now left with the ticklish problem of how to let my great-aunt know there was somebody there in the room with her without…causing her to scream blue murder.
See also: blue, murder, scream

scream blue ˈmurder

(British English) (American English scream bloody ˈmurder) (informal) shout, scream, etc. very loudly and for a long time; make a lot of noise or fuss because you disagree very strongly with something: Jill will scream blue murder if Ann gets promoted and she doesn’t.
See also: blue, murder, scream
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Scream Blue Murder formed in the spring of 2011 following the demise of Twin Kat.
Trainer Carroll has found a good opportunity for his 105-rated speedster in tomorrow's opener, when his biggest threat should come from Jim Bolger's lightly-raced and potentially smart three-year-old FLIGHT RISK, fourth to Scream Blue Murder in the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes on his seasonal debut at the Curragh but untried over a sharp five furlongs.
There's a little thing called Midday and, my God, if I wasn't depressed before, by the end of the programme I wanted to scream blue murder.
But it doesn't appeal as a betting opportunity, with Maarek coming into the race on a disappointing run behind Scream Blue Murder on this track and Tom Hogan's charge having his first outing since finishing eighth behind Slade Power at Royal Ascot in June.
Neither did we scream blue murder when O'Connnor came back.
Single mum Sandra, who also has a daughter aged six and one aged three, added: "Chloe likes to play in her den and if I put Edward in, she will scream blue murder and take his toys.
It also stinks of hypocrisy and double standards because these are the same supporters who feel compelled to yell and scream abuse at these players and would then scream blue murder if any action was taken against them.
On a rare ride for Tommy Stack, Pat Smullen landed the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes on 20/1 shot Scream Blue Murder.
Cameron's Tories would scream blue murder about red tape, but to me that's what real family values are about.
Meanwhile, Andy Slattery won the listed Cork Stakes in Mallow, the Billy Lee-ridden 12/1 shot beating Scream Blue Murder and Remember You to earn a possible trip to Royal Ascot.
Although he disappointed in his only subsequent outing, behind Slade Power at Ascot, Declan McDonogh's mount is a rock-solid performer, handles testing conditions and won on his seasonal debut last year, when beating one of today's rivals Scream Blue Murder in a listed event at Naas.
Tommy Stack is doubledhanded, running the hat-trick seeking Cape Of Approval and Scream Blue Murder.