hue and cry

hue and cry  {n.}
1. An alarm and chase after a supposed wrongdoer; a pursuit usually by shouting men.
"Stop, thief," cried John as he ran. Others joined him, and soon there was a hue and cry.
2. An excited mass protest, alarm, or outcry of any kind.
The explosion was so terrible that people at a distance raised a great hue and cry about an earthquake.
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