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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Even after nearly a decade of strong growth in steel demand, benefiting from massive federal bailout loans and the most protectionist trade policies in the world, the domestic steel industry continues to cry the blues and blame imports whenever the market takes a downturn.
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.
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.
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.