hue and cry

[hue and cry] {n.} 1. An alarm and chase after a supposedwrongdoer; a pursuit usually by shouting men.

"Stop, thief," criedJohn as he ran. Others joined him, and soon there was a hue and cry.

2. An excited mass protest, alarm, or outcry of any kind.

Theexplosion was so terrible that people at a distance raised a great hueand cry about an earthquake.