wail like a banshee

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wail like a banshee

To scream, howl, or screech in a very loud, high-pitched, and unsettling manner. Some animal has been wailing like a banshee in the alleyway all night long. Kids, stop wailing like a banshees back there! I need to focus on driving and I can barely hear myself think!
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wail like a banshee

Scream shrilly, as in Terrified, she wailed like a banshee. In Irish folklore, a banshee is a spirit in the form of a wailing woman whose appearance is an omen that one member of a family will die. The simile dates from the late 1800s.
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wail like a banshee, to

To scream shrilly. In Irish folklore, a “banshee” is a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears or is heard as a sign that one member of a family will soon die. The word appeared in English (from the Gaelic bean sidhe) in the second half of the eighteenth century. The simile dates from the late nineteenth century.
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@bevismusson Beetham Tower is wailing like a banshee in the wind today.
In fact, I'm so full of Christmas fear, I feel like curling up in the foetal position and wailing like a banshee."
And the unreliable house alarms, wailing like a banshee on speed just as you're settled into the car, seatbelt on and radio tuned to a station playing morning-appropriate upbeat but not thumping music, or when you've walked just far enough down the street that it's an inconvenience to turn back - but still obvious it's your alarm that's bringing shame down upon the neighbourhood.
Leading lady Odette Yustman (pictured) spends longer than is strictly necessary in just her underwear, wailing like a banshee as her accursed heroine is stalked by swarms of Jerusalem crickets and a demon child who keeps chanting, "Jumby wants to be born now."
Leading lady Odette Yustman spends longer than is strictly necessary in just her underwear, wailing like a banshee as her accursed heroine is stalked by swarms of Jerusalem crickets and a demon child chanting: "Jumby wants to be born now."
Is this the same Mrs Blair who spent the years of her husband's Premiership wailing like a Banshee about press intrusion into her life?
On Saturday I was wailing like a banshee especially with those dead lads coming back.
Leading lady Odette Yustman spends longer than is strictly necessary in just her underwear, wailing like a banshee as her cursed heroine is stalked by swarms of Jerusalem crickets and a demon child who keeps chanting: "Jumby wants to be born now."