shout from the rooftops

Announce publicly, as in Just because I won first prize you needn't shout it from the rooftops. This term alludes to climbing on a roof so as to be heard by more people. A similar phrase, using housetops, appears in the New Testament (Luke 12:3): “That which ye have spoken ... shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.” [c. 1600]


Nearby words

  1. shouldna,
  2. shouldst,
  3. shouse,
  4. shout,
  5. shout down,
  6. shout-out,
  7. shouting distance,
  8. shouting match,
  9. shouty,
  10. shove

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