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"cry wolf" in British English

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cry wolf

disapproving
to ask for help when you do not need it: If you cry wolf too often, people will stop believing you.
(Definition of cry wolf from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cry wolf" in American English

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cry wolf

to ask for help when you do not need it, which may prevent people from helping you when you do need it: The administration has cried wolf so many times, it's difficult to know if there's a problem or not.
(Definition of cry wolf from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cry wolf”
in Chinese (Simplified) 喊“狼来了”, 发假警报…
in Chinese (Traditional) 喊「狼來了」, 發假警報…
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