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Cry, Havoc!

Posted by ESC on December 23, 2001 at

In Reply to: Cry Havoc posted by Robert Weodababyeetzaboy on December 23, 2001

: what does this term mean???? I really want to know

DOGS OF WAR - "Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war" is from Julius Caesar (Act 3, scene 1, 270-275) by William Shakespeare. " 'Cry 'Havoc!,' which also surfaces in 'King John,' is derived from the Old French 'crier havoc' - to send out the signal to begin pillaging. Latter-day usage of 'cry havot' follows Shakespeare in the figurative sense of 'call down destruction.'" From "Brush Up on Your Shakespeare!" By Michael Macrone (Gramercy Books, New York, 1999).

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