know whether to laugh or cry

not know whether to laugh or cry

to be extremely upset by something bad that has happened Then they announced that my flight was delayed for ten hours. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
See also: cry, know, laugh
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I DIDN'T know whether to laugh or cry at the news that some beauty salons are targetting girls as young as nine for bikini waxing.
When you're so upset you don't know whether to laugh or cry, choose laughter every time.
When he told me, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
By the end, chances are - as with his previous outings - you won't know whether to laugh or cry.
AT first I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when my sister spoke to me on the telephone from Portugal.
IT is hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the ongoing failure of Cardiff council to run an effective bin collection service.
No laughing matter I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I turned on Ceefax.
But when I discovered that he'd moved in with a plump, 55-year-old grandmother, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry some more.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry at such a suggestion; it is as bizarre as it is insulting.
JON MACKEN didn't know whether to laugh or cry after his festive fling.
When I see the LAUSD in action, I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
TV commentator Alan Parry will have divided loyalties at Villa Park and will not know whether to laugh or cry after the Cup semi-final.
As for the nonsense that Olga Spessivtseva, one of this century's great Giselles, was driven mad by a homosexual partner who spurned her and a Bolshevik secret police agent who made her dance for the mob, it's hard to know whether to laugh or cry.
VETERAN Craig Hinchcliffe doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at Jonny Tuffey's great form for Partick Thistle because his coaching has helped the youngster in to the top team.
But we really didn't know whether to laugh or cry as we watched our little friends from 'oop North' dive into the sea and splash about.