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at the top of (one's) lungs

As loudly as one can. I've hardly slept because my infant has been crying at the top of her lungs all night. Sing at the top of your lungs so that the people in the last row of the auditorium can hear you!
See also: lung, of, top

at the top of one's lungs

Also, at the top of one's voice. With an extremely loud voice. For example, The babies in the nursery all were crying at the top of their lungs. The noun top here refers to the greatest degree of volume (that is, loudest) rather than high pitch, a usage dating from the mid-1500s.
See also: lung, of, top

at the top of (one's) lungs

As loudly as one's voice will allow.
See also: lung, of, top
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With a shriek that might have been heard at Lewes she dropped the dish upon the stone floor, and, turning, ran, still shrieking at the top of her lungs, straight for the great dining hall.
The fall of one small stone cast by the valiant Elijah, known as "the fighting twin," did break the stillness of the woods for a moment, but it did not come within a hundred yards of Minnie, who shouted "Jail Birds" at the top of her lungs and then turned, with an agreeable feeling of excitement, to meet Rebecca, standing perfectly still in the path, with a day of reckoning plainly set forth in her blazing eyes.
A song about facing your fears, there's an anthemic quality to "White Flag" that invites a listener to sing along at the top of her lungs to lyrics like: "I'll be an army/ No you're not gonna stop me getting through/ I'll sing a marching song/ And stomp through the halls louder than you/ I could surrender/ But I'd just be pretending / No I'd rather be dead than live a life/Burn the white flag
In the video, the former Star academy contestant can be heard screaming at the top of her lungs, while warning the officers not to approach her.
Later in the preview, Kris Jenner told Khloe about the vile verbal attack, saying that a lady stood up in the cabin in first class and yelled at the top of her lungs that Kim's with a black guy, and that baby is black, and that she needs to shut that black baby up.
I doubt this `attempted suicide theory' as no one came to save Nadia while she was shrieking at the top of her lungs in a house full of her in-laws.
As he made to leave the house with his older daughter, he said his ex-wife lunged at him, swearing at the top of her lungs and clawing at his face and kicking him.
Elisa has a little experience working at the top of her lungs as a cheerleader for the Empire Eagles youth group in Modesto.
As she is mopping the floor one evening, dancing and singing at the top of her lungs with her headphones on, a talent agent who knew her sister asks her if she is interested in a recording contract.
My little sister Jaylin and I were sitting and watching Sesame Street and we saw Big Bird on the TV and Jaylin ran to the TV and yelled at the top of her lungs, "Big Bird
One day they came home from school and found her singing, "I saw miles and miles of Texas," at the top of her lungs.
Egyptian superstar Sherine Abdel Wahab sparkled in a silver glittery dress as she sang at the top of her lungs to an ecstatic live audience.
And she grabbed the phone and screamed down the phone, screamed at the top of her lungs, 'He's dead, he's dead.
Everyone's there, everyone's hanging around, some songs are perfect for the 2- and 3-year-olds, and then you play a couple for the older folks so your mother-in-law will sing at the top of her lungs.
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