hue and cryhue and cry
- A public clamor, as of protest or demand: raised a great hue and cry about political corruption.
- a. The pursuit of a felon announced with loud shouts to alert others who were then legally obliged to give chase.b. The loud outcry formerly used in such a pursuit.
Origin of hue and cryMiddle English hew and cri, partial translation of Anglo-Norman hu e cri : hu, outcry, clamor (from Old French huer, to shout, of imitative origin) + e, and + cri, cry (from Old French crier, to cry; see cry).
From the Anglo-Norman legal phrase hu e cri.