Meaning of “cry wolf” in the English Dictionary

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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)