He had cried wolf too many times

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #327 [color=blue]“English Slang Idioms (48)”, question 6

When Tommy told his parents that he was afraid he would get into a fight at school, they didn’t believe him. He had cried too many times on that same subject.

(a) baby
(b) help
© wolf
(d) out

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #327 [color=blue]“English Slang Idioms (48)”, answer 6

When Tommy told his parents that he was afraid he would get into a fight at school, they didn’t believe him. He had cried wolf too many times on that same subject.

Correct answer: © wolf
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He had cried wolf to many times…doest it mean to make a false alarm ?

Yes. It comes from the traditional fable of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’.

Here’s a short version of the story:
storyarts.org/library/aesops … s/boy.html

Here’s a longer narrated version. (I don’t think much of the narrator’s story telling abilities though. His voice is a little monotonous.)
tellitagan.com/fnwlf.html