hue and cry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hue and cry loud and persistent outcry from many people "he ignored the clamor of the crowd"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hue and cry a loud clamour about something: name of a police gazette, established in 1710
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Idioms

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.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. huer, imit.

Usage

In literature:

And why also, if they have such confidence in us, do they raise such a hue and cry when we pass near their nests?
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
He would be most anxious to get the longest start he could before the raising of any hue and cry.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
The men, women and children thereupon raise a great hue and cry, and seek to prevent the escape.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
Of course, there's a big hue-and-cry after us, so we must lie very low over here for a bit.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
The village rang with the hue and cry, and the forest aisles echoed.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
The Indians did run off, with the happy, shouting militia in full hue and cry after.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
And the hue and cry that is always raised when "free-will" is denied, was raised against Spinoza.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
It is needless to say that the three midshipmen were, by this time, fully apprised of the "hue and cry" raised after them.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Soon the Texan's escape is known at the camp, and a great hue-and-cry follows.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
He is lucky indeed if he gets away after the hue and cry has been raised.
"Scotland Yard" by George Dilnot
In a little while there was a hue and cry raised for Madame Cheverny.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
To a certainty they will raise a hue and cry after him.
"Specimens of German Romance" by Carl Franz van der Velde
He robbed himself of his own letters, and then raised the hue and cry after them.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
But the old gentleman was not the only person who raised the hue-and-cry.
"Dickens' Stories About Children Every Child Can Read" by Charles Dickens
But for him, Mark, your name would have figured in the 'Hue-and-Cry.
"The O'Donoghue Tale Of Ireland Fifty Years Ago" by Charles James Lever
Scandal has its hue and cry, and every man that walks the earth is its agent.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
Moreover, by that time, more than two years after the hue and cry, not even the secret services had much of an interest in the old story.
"The Brain" by Alexander Blade
There had never been such a hue and cry on the headland.
"The School by the Sea" by Angela Brazil
Since the companion would not be found, the hue and cry would be after her.
"Christopher Quarles" by Percy James Brebner
The hue and cry rose louder and louder as the fugitives ran laboriously toward the jungle brake.
"Commodore Junk" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Of hue and cry of cruel foes
Who yet might learn her route,
And mad with rage of baffled aim,
Should spring in hot pursuit.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Six gentlemen upon the road
Thus seeing Gilpin fly,
With postboy scampering in the rear,
They raised the hue and cry: &mdash:
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
And then, while yet the day was young,
The sun scarce quarter high,
She plunges 'mid the sheltering bush,
In fear of hue and cry,--
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Again I hear him, implike, whine,
Cramped in the gusty flue;
Or knotted in the resinous pine
Raise goblin cry and hue,
While through the smoke his eyeballs shine,
A sooty red and blue.
"The Wind Of Winter" by Madison Julius Cawein
Fame lives not in the breath of words,
In public praises' hue and cry;
The music of these summer birds
Is silent in a winter sky,
When thine shall live and flourish on,
Oer wrecks where crowds of fames are gone.
"To John Milton" by John Clare
"First race, first men from anywhere To face you, eye to eye. For that do you curse Avalon
And raise a hue and cry?
These toilers cannot kiss your hand,
Or fawn with hearts bowed down:
Be glad for them, and Avalon,
And Arthur's ghostly crown.
"The Jingo And The Minstrel" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Last night Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld hosted and curated Hue + Cry, a selling exhibition of Abstract Expressionist works at Sotheby's.
Herman's ' Hue' and Cry : an end to racial politics.
Yes, I have heard the hue and cry of the practice builders hawking the high volume practice, and I have heard the indignant replies from field doctors such as "ludicrous".
For some years now a hue and cry has been raised against Orientalists in American and to a lesser extent European universities, and the term " Orientalism " has.
There was a great hue and cry last week when Paris Hilton was temporarily released from jail and placed under house arrest after only three days, despite a judge sentencing her to 45.
Last week, there was a great hue and cry when Paris Hilton was temporarily released from jail and placed under house arrest after only three days, despite a judge sentencing her to 45.
Since the onset of the financial crisis there has been a huge hue and cry about executive compensation, particularly compensation on Wall Street.
Not since Hester Prynne walked out of prison with an infant in her arms and "a rag of scarlet cloth" in the shape of the letter A has there been such public hue and cry as Amazon has provoked in the past few weeks.
There's be a minor hue and cry over the cancellation of the final US Senate debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.
Herman's ' Hue ' and Cry: an end to racial politics.
Reading and hearing about the hue and cry from thousands for secession since the election, with Texas leading the pack, I highly recommend the book "Better Off Without 'Em, A Northern Manifesto For Southern Secession " by Chuck Thompson.
The hue and cry to stop adding to the greenhouse gases puts a lot of emphasis on using public transportation instead of being the lone passenger in a fossil-burner.
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