Definitions for hue and cry
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hue′ and cry′(n.)
(formerly) the pursuit of a felon with loud outcries.
Origin of hue and cry:
1250–1300; ME, trans. of AF hu et cri
clamor, clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry(noun)
loud and persistent outcry from many people
"he ignored the clamor of the crowd"
hue and cry(Noun)
The public pursuit of a felon; accompanied by shouts to warn others to give chase.
hue and cry(Noun)
A loud and persistent public clamour; especially one of protest or making some demand.
Origin: From the legal phrase hu e cri.
Hue and cry
In common law, a hue and cry is a process by which bystanders are summoned to assist in the apprehension of a criminal who has been witnessed in the act of committing a crime. By the Statute of Winchester of 1285, 13 Edw. I cc. 1 and 4, it was provided that anyone, either a constable or a private citizen, who witnessed a crime shall make hue and cry, and that the hue and cry must be kept up against the fleeing criminal from town to town and from county to county, until the felon is apprehended and delivered to the sheriff. All able-bodied men, upon hearing the shouts, were obliged to assist in the pursuit of the criminal, which makes it comparable to the posse comitatus. It was moreover provided that "the whole hundred … shall be answerable" for any theft or robbery, in effect a form of collective punishment. Those who raised a hue and cry falsely were themselves guilty of a crime. In Oliver Twist, Fagin reads the Hue and Cry which was an early name of the weekly Police Gazette magazine detailing crimes and wanted people.
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