verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to scream loudly in pain, fear, etc.
- to protest loudly and angrily: If I don't get a good raise I'm going to yell bloody murder.
Origin of murder
Related formsself-mur·der, nounself-mur·dered, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for scream bloody murder
verb (mainly tr)
Derived Formsmurderer, nounmurderess, fem n
Word Origin for murder
Idioms and Phrases with scream bloody murder (1 of 2)
scream bloody murder
Angrily protest as loudly as possible, as in When Jimmy took her teddy bear, Lauren screamed bloody murder, or Residents are screaming bloody murder about the increase in property taxes. The scream here may be either literal (as in the first example) or figurative, which is also true of invoking murder as though one were in danger of being killed. Versions of this term, such as cry murder, date from the 1400s.
Idioms and Phrases with scream bloody murder (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with murder
- murder will out
- get away with (murder)
- scream bloody murder