A far cry
Cry Cry (kr?), n.; pl. {Cries} (kr?z). [F. cri, fr. crier to cry. See {Cry}, v. i. ] 1. A loud utterance; especially, the inarticulate sound produced by one of the lower animals; as, the cry of hounds; the cry of wolves. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Outcry; clamor; tumult; popular demand. [1913 Webster]

Again that cry was found to have been as unreasonable as ever. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. Any expression of grief, distress, etc., accompanied with tears or sobs; a loud sound, uttered in lamentation. [1913 Webster]

There shall be a great cry throughout all the land. --Ex. xi. 6. [1913 Webster]

An infant crying in the night, An infant crying for the light; And with no language but a cry. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. Loud expression of triumph or wonder or of popular acclamation or favor. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The cry went once on thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Importunate supplication. [1913 Webster]

O, the most piteous cry of the poor souls. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Public advertisement by outcry; proclamation, as by hawkers of their wares. [1913 Webster]

The street cries of London. --Mayhew. [1913 Webster]

7. Common report; fame. [1913 Webster]

The cry goes that you shall marry her. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. A word or phrase caught up by a party or faction and repeated for effect; as, the party cry of the Tories. [1913 Webster]

All now depends upon a good cry. --Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster]

9. A pack of hounds. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

A cry more tunable Was never hollaed to, nor cheered with horn. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. A pack or company of persons; -- in contempt. [1913 Webster]

Would not this . . . get me a fellowship in a cry of players? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

11. The crackling noise made by block tin when it is bent back and forth. [1913 Webster]

{A far cry}, a long distance; -- in allusion to the sending of criers or messengers through the territory of a Scottish clan with an announcement or summons. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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