cry wolf


cry wolf
cry wolf
Fig. to cry or complain about something when nothing is really wrong. (From the story wherein a child sounds the alarm frequently about a wolf when there is no wolf, only to be ignored when there actually is a wolf.) •

Pay no attention. She's just crying wolf again.

Don't cry wolf too often. No one will come.

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{v. phr.} To give a false alarm; warn of a danger that you know is not there. * /The general said that the candidate was just crying wolf when he said that the army was too weak to fight for the country./ (From an old story about a shepherd boy who falsely claimed a wolf was killing his sheep, just to start some excitement.)

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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