cry (oneself) to sleep

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cry (oneself) to sleep

1. Literally, to cry until one falls asleep. I was so upset after the funeral that I cried myself to sleep.
2. When used figuratively, this phrase indicates that one is very upset about something. It is often said sarcastically to mean the opposite. I'm not thrilled with that grade, but it's not like I'm crying myself to sleep over it. Yeah, I'm sure that actor is really crying himself to sleep over a bad review!
See also: cry, sleep

cry oneself to sleep

to weep until sleep overtakes one. The baby finally cried herself to sleep.
See also: cry, sleep
References in classic literature ?
So Polly made her moan, and by the time she got home, was just in the mood to go to bed and cry herself to sleep, as girls have a way of doing when their small affliction becomes unbearable.
It was dreadful, and the worst of it was John went on so quietly afterward, just as if nothing had happened, except that he stayed in town later, and worked at night when she had gone to cry herself to sleep.
According to the insider, Christine has been known to cry herself to sleep over the "mistreatment" she's received in her relationship and no longer allows Kody to stay at her home.
In her defence she was getting a bit stressed because people were looking at her and she had a baby that was really upset and in distress, so I think she was hoping the baby would cry herself to sleep.
Rapper Nick, who is 10 years her junior, said: "At night she'd cry herself to sleep.
Alice Sterry, aged 93, used to cry herself to sleep at night because of the yobs who attacked the empty house next door.
Every doctor I consulted advised me to set a sleeping routine by letting my baby cry herself to sleep.
Whenever Simpson was in a messy state due to her relationships, "she would cry herself to sleep at night, using Daisy as a pillow.
Often these homes were poorer than her own, and the hungry little girl would cry herself to sleep on a mattress on the floor.
The mother described how difficult it was for her daughter to accept his absence, saying her daughter would cry herself to sleep every night.
Friends said Melissa, 51, used to cry herself to sleep at night reading about her husband's sexual conquests.
Even television gets involved, with a recent sitcom showing the parents agonizing in the hallway, hoping their child would cry herself to sleep.
Having clinched her place in Girls Aloud, Sarah's dream - the one she used to cry herself to sleep over - had finally come true.
Her first years were spent in a grimy cot, trapped in filthy nappies, left to cry herself to sleep, cold and hungry.