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drown (one's) sorrows
To blunt or avoid one's emotions by eating or drinking (often drinking alcohol). I had an awful day at work, so come down to the bar and join me while I drown my sorrows. Let's drown our sorrows in ice cream and forget about our awful test scores.
drown (one's) sorrow(s)
To attempt to forget one's troubles through the consumption of something, typically alcohol (to which the phrase originally referred). It's not healthy to just drown your sorrows every time a girl breaks up with you. Quit drinking and try to face reality. Whenever I have a hard week at work, I like to spend Friday night drowning my sorrow in pizza and ice cream.
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drown one's troublesand drown one's sorrows
Fig. to try to forget one's problems by drinking a lot of alcohol. Bill is in the bar, drowning his troubles. Jane is at home, drowning her sorrows.
share someone's sorrow
to grieve as someone else grieves. We all share your sorrow on this sad, sad day. I am sorry to hear about the death in your family. I share your sorrow.
sorrow over someone or something
to grieve or feel sad about someone or something. There is no need to sorrow over Tom. He will come back. He is sorrowing over the business he has lost because of the weather.
drown one's sorrows
Drink liquor to escape one's unhappiness. For example, After the divorce, she took to drowning her sorrows at the local bar. The notion of drowning in drink dates from the late 1300s.
more in sorrow than in anger
Saddened rather than infuriated by someone's behavior. For example, When Dad learned that Jack had stolen a car, he looked at him more in sorrow than in anger . This expression first appeared in 1603 in Shakespeare's Hamlet (1:2), where Horatio describes to Hamlet the appearance of his father's ghost: "A countenance more in sorrow than in anger."
drown your sorrows
If someone drowns their sorrows, they drink a lot of alcohol in order to forget something sad that has happened to them. He was in the pub drowning his sorrows after the break-up of his relationship.
drown your sorrowsforget your problems by getting drunk.
more in sorrow than in angerwith regret or sadness rather than with anger.
This is taken from Hamlet. When Hamlet asks Horatio to describe the expression on the face of his father's ghost, Horatio replies ‘a countenance more in sorrow than in anger’.
drown your ˈsorrows(informal, often humorous) try to forget your problems or a disappointment by drinking alcohol: Whenever his team lost a match he could be found in the pub afterwards drowning his sorrows.
do something more in ˌsorrow than in ˈangerdo something because you feel sad or sorry rather than angry: They said they were threatening legal action more in sorrow than in anger.
drown (one's) sorrow/sorrows
To try to forget one's troubles by drinking alcohol.