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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

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!


n. an exclamation point. (see also screamer, shout.) Take off that shriek. You use too many of those things.
References in classic literature ?
At last my hand closed upon the ship's rail and that very instant a horrid shriek rang out below me that sent my blood cold and turned my horrified eyes downward to a shrieking, hurtling, twisting thing that shot downward into the awful chasm beneath me.
Now Baleka was very clever: she did not shriek, as most girls would have done.
A recording that was given to the Oregonian newspaper captured high-pitched shrieks and roars from a swampy area in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, a Bigfoot hot spot for decades.
The theory is that the different shrieks and pitches make it easier for you to tell which direction the emergency vehicle is heading from so you can pull over and let it past.
This makes me believe that dogs can be affected by high shrieks, which could possibly explain why dogs attack babies and young children.
Acoustics in performance spaces are rarely ideal, and the sound of coughs, shrieks, and "you had to be there" artist-audience exchanges can distract from the music.
and Club Calloway, Utah's Odyssey Dance Theater toyed with hip hop and the Hustle (and elicited shrieks of terror from young viewers during a bloody excerpt from their vampire piece, Lost Boys).
Simon Gray's uncomfortable play concerns a toff publisher (public school, Cambridge and other such toff-like activities) who, as far as the play is concerned, appears to distribute his sexual activities fairly freely, but shrieks like a wounded bull when his wife does the same.
The Bethlehem into which Jesus was born would soon know the terrifying clank of military steel, the blood-curdling shrieks of children slashed to death by Roman soldiers "just doing their job," and the heart-rending cries of anguished, inconsolable mothers.
Plunged into this fire were demons and souls of human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in this conflagration with shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear.
Oh No (all works 2000) is built up around shots of a young woman's face as she variously grunts, moans, shrieks, or murmurs the phrase that gives the work its title, intercut with views of (presumably her own) bare legs and feet as she walks on the necks and bodies of a series of electric guitars lying on the floor and with close-ups of the instruments themselves--all accompanied by the agonized sounds of scru nching guitar strings.
Among its recommendations: Make fire alarms more useful to deaf people by adding a flashing strobe light to the devices' familiar shrieks.
All the atrocities of the democracy heaped together ever since the world began would not equal, if we had any gauge by which to measure them, the atrocities pepetrated in a week upon the poor, simply because they are poor; and the marvel rather is, not that there is every now and then a September massacre at which all the world shrieks, but that such horrors are so infrequent.
Scene two: Baby moans, cries, and shrieks for what seems like hours until a parent returns to the crib.