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enough to make the angels weep

So terrible, distressing, or grievous as to shake the foundations of one's faith or hope. The tragedy of those two young boys' deaths is enough to make the angels weep.
See also: angel, enough, make, weep

weep (one's) heart out

To weep copiously; to cry intensely and for a long time. Lauren wept her heart out at the news of her father's sudden death. What did you say to upset your brother? He's been weeping his heart out upstairs for the last half hour!
See also: heart, out, weep

Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.

Prov. When you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you. Nancy: When Harry and I were dating, all our friends invited us places and called to say hello. Now that we've broken up, they treat me as if I don't exist. Jane: Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.
See also: alone, and, laugh, weep, world

read it and weep

Fig. read the bad news; hear the bad news. I'm sorry to bring you the bad news. Read it and weep.
See also: and, read, weep

shed crocodile tears

 and cry crocodile tears
Fig. to shed false tears; to pretend that one is weeping. The child wasn't really hurt, but she shed crocodile tears anyway. He thought he could get his way if he cried crocodile tears.
See also: crocodile, shed, tear

weep about someone or something

to cry about someone or something; to mourn someone or something. She was weeping about her grandfather, who had passed away in the night. There is no use weeping about spilled milk.
See also: weep

weep for joy

Fig. to cry out of happiness. She was so happy, she wept for joy. We all wept for joy at the safe return of the child.
See also: joy, weep

weep for (someone or an animal)

to cry out of sorrow for someone or an animal. She wept for her puppy when it was terribly sick. Please don't weep for me after I'm gone.
See also: weep

weep over someone or something

to cry about someone or something. No need to weep over me. I'll do all right. There is no point in weeping over something you can't do anything about.
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shed/weep crocodile tears

to show sadness that is not sincere
Usage notes: Some stories say that crocodiles cry while they are eating what they have attacked.
Political leaders shed crocodile tears while allowing the war to continue.
See also: crocodile, shed, tear

laugh and the world laughs with you

Keep your sense of humor and people will sympathize with you, as in She's always cheerful and has dozens of friends; laugh and the world laughs with you. This expression actually is part of an ancient Latin saying that concludes, weep and the world weeps with you. The current version, with the ending weep and you weep alone (meaning "you'll get no sympathy in your sorrow"), first appeared in 1883 in Ella Wilcox's poem "Solitude." O. Henry used a slightly different version: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and they give you the laugh" ( The Count and the Wedding Guest, 1907).
See also: and, laugh, world

weep buckets

Cry copiously, as in That sad tale of unrequited love always made her weep buckets. [Colloquial]
See also: bucket, weep

read 'em and weep

You won't be happy with this news. You're playing poker, and at the end of a hand you hold a full house, aces high. Only you and another player are left in the round. You lay down your hand, and just as you're about to reach for the substantial amount of money in the pot, the other player lays down his cards and says smugly, “Read 'em and weep.” It's a straight flush. Although the phrase is most commonly heard in card games, it has been used in other situations, such as when a garage mechanic with a distorted sense of humor hands you a staggeringly large bill for his services.
See also: and, read, weep
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Sitting in the mud, a man wept over a picture of his wife Zinaida Tomayeva and their 10-year-old daughter, also called Zinaida.
As friends and family members of Aminov covered their faces and wept, Michael Shabtai recalled holding his dying friend in his arms after Thursday's shooting.
Mercer, dressed smartly in a black blouse and trousers, wept when she admitted the charge and struggled to say "Guilty".
Shaun Moore, who had denied a charge of dangerous driving, wept in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court as sentence was passed.
visited Marks, Mississippi in Quitman County and wept at the squalor he encountered on Cotton Row, a muddy, unpaved street in the town's black quarter.
SAN FERNANDO - The widow of a Newhall market manager wept Wednesday in a San Fernando courtroom as the trial began for the two men charged with killing her husband in a robbery at the store.
The four women who claimed Michael Wood molested them as youngsters wept as he was cleared by Falkirk Sheriff Court.
He explains his remarkable acceptance this way: "While the child was living, I fasted and wept, thinking, `Perhaps the Lord will grant me the child's life.
Teacher Louise Davies wept uncontrollably before a student was removed from her classroom and had to be escorted to a counseling room set up during the program.
Russell said: "I could have wept at the sight of Nasser being booed and ridiculed on the Oval pavilion balcony last Sunday.
It was for Lazarus that Christ wept, so he must have cherished that family.
Cher, 52, - married to singer-turned politician Sonny for 11 years - wept as she gave the eulogy at the service following his death in a freak skiing accident last year.
Jeen Han, 23, wept as the lengthy verdict against her was read in Orange County Superior Court.
But when the world's most powerful man wept in public, he was joining a formidable list from the historically stiff upper lip royals to the Iron Lady and sporting toughies.
Jae-Whoa Chung wept as he described how Kyung-Ja Chung's breathing grew raspy after he and two other men stood on her chest at the end of an hours-long exorcism to which the woman had consented.