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sob story

A sad story told in an attempt to generate sympathy for the storyteller. Don't come in tomorrow without your final project. I don't want to hear any sob stories about how you forgot it at home.
See also: sob, story

cry one's heart out

 and sing one's heart out; play one's heart out; sob one's heart out
Fig. to do something with vigor or intensity. She suffered such grief—alone and sobbing her heart out. The bird sang its little heart out each morning.
See also: cry, heart, out

sob oneself to sleep

to cry until one falls asleep. He sobbed himself to sleep for days after his grandpa died. The child sobbed himself to sleep night after night.
See also: sleep, sob

sob something out

to speak something out while sobbing. Wally sobbed his story out while the police made notes. He sobbed out his sad tale.
See also: out, sob

sob something to someone

to cry and tell one's troubles to someone. He is always sobbing his sad tale to anyone who will listen. Timmy sobbed his story to the teacher.
See also: sob

sob story

Fig. a sad story that is likely to draw tears. I've heard nothing but sob stories today. Isn't anybody happy? She had quite a sob story, and I listened to the whole thing.
See also: sob, story

son of a bitch

 
1. Inf. a very horrible person. (Use with caution. Usually intended as a strong insult. Never used casually.) Bill called Bob a son of a bitch, and Bob punched Bill in the face. This guy's a son of a bitch. He treats everybody rotten.
2. Inf. a useless thing. This car is a son of a bitch. It won't ever start when it's cold. This bumpy old road needs paving. It's a real son of a bitch.
3. Inf. a difficult task. This job is a son of a bitch. I can't do this kind of thing. It's too harda real son of a bitch.
See also: bitch, of, son

cry/sob your heart out

  (informal)
to cry a lot Poor little love, her cat died and she's been crying her heart out all afternoon.
See also: cry, heart, out

a sob story

a sad story that someone tells you about themselves in order to make you feel sympathy for them She told me some sob story about not having enough money to go and see her father who was ill.
See cry heart out
See also: sob, story

sob story

A tale of personal hardship, true or invented, that is intended to arouse pity in the listener. For example, She always came up with some sob story to excuse her absences, but no one believed her . [Early 1900s]
See also: sob, story

son of a bitch

Also, SOB; son of a gun. A mean, disagreeable individual, as in He was regarded as the worst son of a bitch in the industry, or He ran out on her? What an SOB, or He's a real son of a gun when it comes to owing you money. The first of these terms, calling a man the son of a female dog, dates from the early 1300s and is considered vulgar enough to have given rise to the two variants, both euphemisms. The first variant, an abbreviation, dates from World War I. The second, first recorded in 1708, gave rise to the theory that it originally applied to baby boys born at sea (in the days when women accompanied their husbands on long voyages). The explanation seems unlikely, especially since presumably some of the babies were girls. It also once meant the illegitimate son of a soldier (or "gun"). More probably, however, son of a gun evolved simply as a euphemism for the first term and appealed because of its rhyme. Both it and son of a bitch are also put as interjections expressing surprise, amazement, disgust, or disappointment, as in Son of a bitch! I lost my ticket, or I'll be a son of a gun! That must be the governor.
See also: bitch, of, son

SOB

n. a son of a bitch; a despised person, usually a male. (Initialism only. Crude. Also a rude and provocative term of address.) Tell that SOB to mind his own business.

sob sister

n. a weak woman who is prone to crying. I had another sob sister in the office today. Went through half a box of tissues.
See also: sister, sob

sob story

n. a sad story that is likely to draw tears. I’ve heard nothing but sob stories today. Isn’t anybody happy?
See also: sob, story

son of a bitch

1. n. a despicable person, usually a male. (Rude and derogatory. Abbreviated SOB.) Tell that son of a bitch to get out of here, but fast.
2. n. old buddy. (Used between close male companions.) Where you been keeping yourself, you son of a bitch?
3. exclam. Dammit! (Usually objectionable. Usually Son of a bitch!) Son of a bitch! I didn’t even see that car pull out.
See also: bitch, of, son

sob sister

Someone devoted to charities, or (less charitably) a do-gooder. Originally a newspaper reporter or editor, invariably a woman, whose assignment was to produce sentimental stories and interviews that would appeal to female readers. By extension, the phrase came to mean any overly emotional person, whether male or female, especially one involved in charitable and public service efforts where sad tales of the recipients would tug on their heartstrings.
See also: sister, sob
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On the second occasion the skin-headed, multi-pierced bloke next to me sobbed so loudly I thought he might need medical assistance and was suitably distracted enough to miss the last five minutes.
As she was taken back to the cells she sobbed "Mum, I want to go home", and could be heard crying for nearly a minute after being taken down.
Not the child, please not the child,' sobbed Germania Brito who was waiting for her sister, Mariana Flores, her sister's husband, John, and their two-year-old son Isaias.
Anthony Trevor Muldoon, 26, of Surrey Street, Middlesbrough, sobbed as he made his first appearance at Teesside Magistrates Court yesterday.
In a magazine interview she revealed how she sobbed as she was questioned by detectives.
MICHAEL Jackson sobbed when the mother of a boy he allegedly molested refused to let him share the singer's bed, a court has been told.
As his mother sobbed in a nearly empty West Covina courtroom, 16- year-old Valentino Mitchell Arenas pleaded guilty Monday to the cold- blooded murder of a CHP officer, acknowledging he may spend the rest of his life in prison.
She said: "I sobbed and thought there was no point going on.
Then as he sobbed in his bed, he blasted the constant surveillance, saying: "Go away, go away, go away.
The former Emmerdale actress, 36, sobbed as she told host Sir Bruce Forsyth: "It's been the best time of my entire life.
THE mother of missing Madeleine McCann sobbed yesterday as she made an emotional return to the town where the little girl vanished.
Michael Jackson sobbed and shook when the mother of a boy he allegedly molested refused to let him share the singer's bed, a court has heard.
I don't want to see my daddy like that" she sobbed.
A DISABLED woman sobbed yesterday as she recalled crying out in pain as her doctor had sex with her.
This from a woman who sobbed on national TV, on radio, to her friends, to any journalist who'd listen and who once had a whole Waitrose queue agog as she gave an acquaintance a full and frank account of her own husband's treachery.