it'll end in tears


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it'll (all) end in tears

Something is doomed to fail and cause a lot of heartache to everyone involved. I just don't think your personalities are a good match; I'm afraid it'll all end in tears. Everyone knew that their business venture would end in tears.
See also: end, tear

it'll end in tears

When people say it'll end in tears, they mean that they think a situation will end badly, with people being upset. Boris got himself involved in a relationship with a foreigner that was destined to end in tears. Markets are not stable, and for many companies and investors, it could well end in tears.
See also: end, tear
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But us fans still go along with all their hype Even though we know the Three Lions aren't the best In fact following England is like supporting Coventry City You know it'll end in tears and leave you really depressed
They'll play on our greed, self interest and fears Whichever one wins, it'll end in tears.