crying towel

crying towel

1. A figurative towel used to wipe away someone's tears; used sarcastically to imply that the person's woes or complaints are uncalled for or exaggerated. Oh, you have to pay a bit more in taxes because you're now making $100,000 more per year? Shall I get out a crying towel for you?
2. A person who listens to and/or offers sympathy for someone's troubles, complaints, or grief. I'm getting a little tired of being Charlie's crying towel every time he breaks up with some new boyfriend.
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crying towel

A figurative towel for wiping the tears of a self-pitying individual. For example, So you didn't make the first team? Get out the crying towel. This expression is always used sarcastically. [Slang; 1920s]
See also: crying, towel

crying towel

n. someone or something used to comfort someone. It’s so sad. I guess I really need a crying towel today.
See also: crying, towel
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Check your gun and razor blades at the door, grab a crying towel, and step on in.
Now anyone doing a million-four gets out the crying towel.
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Here is a big green and yellow crying towel for Judy Spoelstra, who was crying about the officiating in the Duck win over the Beavers Sunday.
Spotted at Wednesday's NBA finals opener were Mike Myers, above, gesturing (inaccurately, we should point out) to the fans; the always-courtside Jack Nicholson, at right with Lou Adler (left); and the ``The Animal's'' Rob Schneider, below, who wept into his crying towel.
That's why they gave us the crying towel when we got to the door.
We can't sit here with a crying towel,'' Burleson said of the lineup utilized by a San Bernardino club already eliminated from playoff contention.