parrot cry

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From the tendency of parrots to repeat words they have heard.


parrot cry (plural parrot cries)

  1. A shout which is mindlessly or mechanically repeated.
    • 2001, Roy Hattersley, The Guardian, 6 Aug 2001:
      Michael Portillo as shadow chancellor will immediately leap up with the parrot-cry: "Labour always increases taxes and often invents new ones".
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 265:
      Parrot cries for silence on delicate political issues sounded increasingly archaic – and were quite unable to stem the rising tide of parlementary critique.