- 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 . )