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Cry Wolf

The phrase 'Cry Wolf' is used to indicate that someone is exaggerating or raising a false alarm.

Example of Use: “Don’t pay attention to Peter; he’s only crying wolf.” 

Interesting fact about Cry Wolf

The origin of the expression 'cry wolf' comes from one of Aesop’s Fables, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. In the story, a young shepherd amuses himself by calling for help, saying a wolf is threatening his flock when nothing is really happening. He cries wolf so often that when a wolf actually menaces the flock, no one comes to help.