hue and cry definition

  • noun:
    • A public clamor, since protest or need: raised outstanding hue and cry about political corruption.
    • The quest for a felon announced with noisy shouts to alert other individuals who had been after that lawfully bound to offer chase.
    • The loud outcry previously used in these types of a pursuit.
    • the general public pursuit of a felon; combined with shouts to warn others to give chase.
    • A loud and persistent public clamour; especially one of protest or making some demand.
    • 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.
    • noisy and persistent outcry from people

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