Hue and cry
Hue Hue, n. [OE. hue, huer, to hoot, shout, prob. fr. OF. hu an exclamation.] A shouting or vociferation. [1913 Webster]

{Hue and cry} (Law), a loud outcry with which felons were anciently pursued, and which all who heard it were obliged to take up, joining in the pursuit till the malefactor was taken; in later usage, a written proclamation issued on the escape of a felon from prison, requiring all persons to aid in retaking him. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]


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  • hue and cry — is an expression that used to mean all the people who joined in chasing a criminal or villain. Nowadays, if you do something without hue and cry, you do it discreetly and without drawing attention …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • hue and cry —    Hue and cry is an expression that used to mean all the people who joined in chasing a criminal or villain. Nowadays, if you do something without hue and cry, you do it discreetly and without drawing attention.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Hue and cry —   Hue and cry is an expression that used to mean all the people who joined in chasing a criminal or villain. Nowadays, if you do something without hue and cry, you do it discreetly and without drawing attention …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • hue and cry — ► NOUN ▪ a loud clamour or public outcry. ORIGIN from an Old French legal phrase hu e cri, outcry and cry …   English terms dictionary

  • hue and cry — n [singular] written [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: hue from Old French, from huer to shout ] angry protests about something, usually from a group of people …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hue and cry — [n] public clamor brouhaha, bugle call, hullabaloo, outcry, protest, rallying cry, uproar; concepts 46,65,106,674 …   New thesaurus

  • hue and cry — the making of an outcry. In early English law, if the locals did not make an outcry and pursue and catch a felon or robber within forty days, they were made liable to the victim. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001 …   Law dictionary

  • hue and cry — noun singular a lot of complaints and protests from the public about something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hue and cry — hue′ and cry′ n. 1) public clamor 2) law (formerly) the pursuit of a felon with loud outcries • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME, trans. of AF hu et cri …   From formal English to slang

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