Cry wolf

Meaning

When you cry wolf you make everyone believe that you have a serious problem but in fact you don't. And the result of this action - people won't believe you when you really have a problem next time.

Examples 👇

Did you ever hear the saying, “Never cry wolf”? Well, I raised a false alarm one too many times. Sampson Independent

Just like the villagers in Aesop's Fables who eventually stopped believing the boy who cried wolf, if your smart home starts sending you too many notifications, pretty soon you'll tune it out. Forbes

It's time for the government to undo the 'cry wolf' and work on the sinking economy. Daijiworld.com

We're not trying to cry wolf. We are in a situation when we reach out. I think people know that. Joplin Globe

I didn't want to cry wolf and waste a test.” He said news of his diagnosis quickly spread through Edgewood. telegraphherald.com

This could lead to chaos if too many people 'cry wolf' and trigger a slew of false alerts. Daily Mail

Trump is coming down to one big question: Will Democrats, by crying wolf, drown out the more legitimate Republican cry of foul? Wall Street Journal

When you continue to cry wolf, day in and day out, people quit listening. Lexington Dispatch

Officials say there's no reason to cry wolf. Coyotes are common everywhere in the state, even in urban areas. wpta21.com

Small group crying wolf, but most citizens want strong laws. The Straits Times