a far cry,
    1. quite some distance; a long way.
    2. only remotely related; very different: This treatment is a far cry from that which we received before.
    cry havoc. havoc(def 4).
    cry one's eyes/heart out, to cry excessively or inconsolably: The little girl cried her eyes out when her cat died.
    cry over spilled/spilt milk. milk(def 10).
    in full cry, in hot pursuit: The pack followed in full cry.

Origin of cry

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English crien < Anglo-French, Old French crier < Vulgar Latin *crītāre for Latin quirītāre to cry out in protest, make a public cry; associated by folk etymology with Quirītēs Quirites; (noun) < Anglo-French, Old French cri, noun derivative of the v.
Related formscoun·ter·cry, noun, plural coun·ter·cries.

Synonyms for cry

Synonym study

3. Cry, shout, bellow, roar refer to kinds of loud articulate or inarticulate sounds. Cry is the general word: to cry out. To shout is to raise the voice loudly in uttering words or other articulate sounds: He shouted to his companions. Bellow refers to the loud, deep cry of a bull, moose, etc., or, somewhat in deprecation, to human utterance that suggests such a sound: The speaker bellowed his answer. Roar refers to a deep, hoarse, rumbling or vibrant cry, often of tumultuous volume: The crowd roared approval. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cry down

cry down

verb (tr, adverb)

to belittle; disparage
to silence by making a greater noiseto cry down opposition


verb cries, crying or cried

(intr) to utter inarticulate sounds, esp when weeping; sob
(intr) to shed tears; weep
(intr usually foll by out) to scream or shout in pain, terror, etc
(tr often foll by out) to utter or shout (words of appeal, exclamation, fear, etc)
(intr often foll by out) (of animals, birds, etc) to utter loud characteristic sounds
(tr) to hawk or sell by public announcementto cry newspapers
to announce (something) publicly or in the streets
(intr foll by for) to clamour or beg
Scot to call
cry for the moon to desire the unattainable
cry one's eyes out or cry one's heart out to weep bitterly
cry quits or cry mercy to give up a task, fight, etc

noun plural cries

the act or sound of crying; a shout, exclamation, scream, or wail
the characteristic utterance of an animal or birdthe cry of gulls
Scot a call
archaic an oral announcement, esp one made by town criers
a fit of weeping
hunting the baying of a pack of hounds hunting their quarry by scent
a pack of hounds
a far cry
  1. a long way
  2. something very different
in full cry (esp of a pack of hounds) in hot pursuit of a quarry

Word Origin for cry

C13: from Old French crier, from Latin quirītāre to call for help
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Word Origin and History for cry down



early 13c., "beg, implore," from Old French crier, from Vulgar Latin *critare, from Latin quiritare "to wail, shriek" (source of Italian gridare, Old Spanish cridar, Spanish and Portuguese gritar), of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of quirritare "to squeal like a pig," from *quis, echoic of squealing, despite ancient folk etymology that traces it to "call for the help of the Quirites," the Roman constabulary. The meaning was extended 13c. to weep, which it largely replaced by 16c. Related: Cried; crying.

Most languages, in common with English, use the general word for "cry out, shout, wail" to also mean "weep, shed tears to express pain or grief." Romance and Slavic, however, use words for this whose ultimate meaning is "beat (the breast)," cf. French pleurer, Spanish llorar, both from Latin plorare "cry aloud," but probably originally plodere "beat, clap the hands." Also Italian piangere (cognate with French plaindre "lament, pity") from Latin plangere, originally "beat," but especially of the breast, as a sign of grief. U.S. colloquial for crying out loud is 1924, probably another euphemism for for Christ's sake.



late 13c., from cry (v.).

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