crycry2 ●●○ W3 noun (plural cries) 1 sound expressing emotion [countable]SHOUT a loud sound expressing a strong emotion such as pain, fear, or pleasure a baby’s crycry of pain/alarm/delight etc Alice let out a cry of alarm.let out/give a cry The stone hit him on the forehead and he gave a sharp cry.2 shout [countable]SHOUT a shouted word or phrasecry of At last, there was a cry of ‘Silence!’, and everyone looked towards the door.cry for Fortunately, a passerby heard his cries for help.3 tears [singular] especially British EnglishCRY a period of time during which tears come out of your eyes, usually because you are unhappy It’s good to have a cry sometimes. I felt much better after I’d had a good cry (=cried for a long time).4 → cry for help5 phrase [countable]UNITE a phrase that is used to unite people in support of a particular action or idea syn slogan ‘Land and Liberty’ was the rallying cry of revolutionary Mexico. → battle cry(1), war cry6 animal/bird [countable]HBA a sound made by a particular animal syn call the cries of seagulls overhead → be a far cry from something at far2(5), → in full cry at full1(22), → hue and cryCOLLOCATIONSphrasesa cry of pain/despair/delight etcA rock was loose and he fell with a sharp cry of surprise.a cry escapes somebody/sb’s lipsA cry escaped her lips as he tightened his grip on her wrist.verbsgive a cryThe woman looked up and gave a cry of fear.let out/utter a crySeeing the fields and mountains, she let out a cry of delight.adjectivesa small/little cryThe child gave a small cry and burst into tears.a loud crya loud cry of paina great cry literary (=a loud cry)With a great cry they charged into battle.a sharp cry (=loud, short, and sudden)He gave a sharp cry of pain.a low cry (=not loud or high)I heard a long, low cry of despair.a strangled/stifled cry (=that stops before it is finished)The girl gave a stifled cry of disappointment.a muffled cry (=that cannot be heard clearly)I thought I heard a muffled cry from somewhere in the building.an anguished/agonised cry (=full of distress)She gave an anguished cry, calling his name.
Examples from the Corpuscry• All at once I felt the ground moving under my feet, and cries issuing from it.• From below there were the hoarse confused cries of the mob.• A distant cry can be heard issuing from a classroom.• It is a far cry from most people's idea of accountants at work.• That seems a far cry from just a few years ago when the only diesels were lorries, buses and the occasional taxi.• A far cry from the 40,000 they were promising.• You'll feel better when you've had a good cry.• "Land and liberty" was the rallying cry of revolutionary Mexico.• We heard a child's cries for help coming from the river.• As they left the stage there were cries of "More! More!"cry of pain/alarm/delight etc• He flicked the light-switch, and Isobel, who loved cars, gave a cry of delight.• But when he uncovered the picture, he gave a cry of pain.• Behind him Hrun screamed, but it sounded more like a bellow of rage than a cry of pain.• There was a cry of pain.• With one last blinding cry of pain she brushed past him and ran from the room.• He stumbled, and lay in agony, his cries of pain clearly audible around a now-hushed ground.• Grunts, laughter, thuds, slaps, cries of pain and more grunts continued.• According to another speculation, vocal language gradually evolved from spontaneous cries of pain, pleasure, or other emotions.cry of• We heard a distant cry of warning.• From below came the hoarse cries of the injured workers.• the cries of seagullshave a cry• I could have cried had our situation not been so serious.• She felt so ineffective, she could have cried.• And during that year I have cried alone in secret too many times to count.• I have cried for Sybil, yes, but I can not cry today.• I may have cried down the telephone, but Mme Dragon wouldn't unbend.• She may have cried a good deal without understanding why.• I must have cried out, for I attracted the attention of my husband.• If he could have known that he was a workhouse orphan, perhaps he would have cried even more loudly.rallying cry• This rhetoric offers both a posthoc justification for the changes, and a rallying cry for implementation.• They both hated orthodoxies and bandwagons, catch-phrases and rallying cries.• Public order is an election rallying cry and fear of crime can influence practice as well as policy.• Self-denial and self-help, however, would make a poor rallying cry for the hustings.• It has been a radical rallying cry ever since Lenin laid it down as doctrine.• Newspapers sometimes appeared to be providing the rallying cry for future demonstration.• That was the rallying cry of Nelson Mandela's finely crafted speech.