for crying out loud


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for crying out loud

(spoken)
I am annoyed or surprised by this No, I haven't bought her a present yet. Her birthday is a month away, for crying out loud.
Usage notes: used for emphasis
Related vocabulary: for Christ's sake
See also: crying, loud, out

for crying out loud

An exclamation of anger or exasperation, as in For crying out loud, can't you do anything right? This term is a euphemism for "for Christ's sake." [Colloquial; early 1900s]
See also: crying, loud, out

for crying out loud

Used to express annoyance or astonishment: Let's get going, for crying out loud!
See also: crying, loud, out