cry the blues

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cry the blues

1. Literally, to sing blues music or in that style. There was this old man crying the blues at the bar last night; it was a really moving bit of music.
2. By extension, to complain, whine, or express grief, especially as a means of gaining sympathy from others. Many people will cry the blues over trivial inconveniences, while millions of others silently suffer real hardships every day.
See also: blues, cry
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The song was I've Cried The Blues Right Out Of My Eyes and its theme was repeated some seven years later when she had a massive worldwide hit with Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (1977).