cry the blues

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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Yet we hear the CEOs of these large credit unions cry the blues about wanting and needing to make more loans.
They cry the blues at election time and everyone falls for it.
10 Dealing With a Troubled Company: No Need to Cry the Blues Bruce Nathan, Esq.
Tell your needy female friends (and male friends and relatives) that you've listened to them cry the blues long enough and that either they should follow the sound advice you've given them (repeatedly) or seek professional help.
And the fact was, Johnny had a right to cry the blues, since he had not only believed in Larry but created his career and legend.
Golden parachutes in government will never end because our elected leaders seem to take care of themselves first, regardless of how they cry the blues about needing to raise taxes to take care of what taxpayers want and need.