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Meaning of “cry wolf” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​stopbelieving 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 ​preventpeople from ​helping you when you do need it: The ​administration has ​criedwolf 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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