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let out (some sound)

To utter some loud, forceful sound. I let out a shriek when the dog suddenly jumped on me. The lion let out an intimidating roar.
See also: let, out


slang An exclamation point. Typically used within the publishing industry. When you're proofreading a new writer's manuscripts, always try to flag when they're using too many shrieks. It really brings down the quality of the work. My boss's emails are usually quite straightforward and unemotional, so when he starts throwing out shrieks, you know he's either truly excited or truly pissed off!

shriek like a banshee

To scream, howl, or screech in a very loud, high-pitched, and unsettling manner. Some animal has been shrieking like a banshee in the alleyway all night long. Kids, stop shrieking like a banshees back there! I need to focus on driving and I can barely hear myself think!
See also: banshee, like, shriek
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n. an exclamation point. (see also screamer, shout.) Take off that shriek. You use too many of those things.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
will you also dare to shriek?" I said again in Noma's voice; "then I must teach you silence." And I tumbled him over on to the top of her.
Now Baleka was very clever: she did not shriek, as most girls would have done.
He sprang up as if he meant to jump, but the girl shrieked and held him back.
It is impossible to describe the shrieks of joy, the warm embraces, the knocks, and the friendly greetings with which that strange company of dramatic actors and actresses received Pinocchio.
But above all the encouragement and confidence to create the alter ego I named Paul Shriek with the tag line 'Fashion that screams of the woman of the Eighties!'" He graduated with a First Class Honours Degree.
Renowned fashion, costume and set designer Paul Shriek has been announced as one of the nominees for Best Costume Design in The Great British Pantomime Awards 2018.
He does actually have a point, as the very first sound out of our newborn son's mouth when he arrived home from the hospital was a shriek - just at the very moment Gavin Henson in his golden boots kicked the penalty to give Wales their first win over England for 12 years.
They are inviting people to join them on a paranormal themed challenge, Shriek for Stroke, at Bodelwyddan Castle. She shrieked. The kind of shriek that's usually reserved for when a pedestrian is about to hit the bumper.
That ozone layershattering shriek you may have heard on Wednesday was Heather Mills hearing the news that Paul McCartney had been turned away from an LA party because he wasn't important enough.
Acouple of decades is a long time in fashion but acclaimed Newcastle designer and costumier Paul Shriek is relishing the chance to return to the catwalk after a long time away.
"People Who Shriek": I am always drawn to/people who shriek.//They are birds/unable to take flight,/burdened till death/by human bones.
Sometimes I'd throw in the excited mating shriek of the owl.
A baby macaque lets out a high-pitched shriek that makes onlooking monkeys restless.
Some even take on a Michael Jackson-style whoop or shriek.