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at the top of (one's) lungs

As loudly as one can. I've hardly slept because my infant has been crying at the top of her lungs all night. Sing at the top of your lungs so that the people in the last row of the auditorium can hear you!
See also: lung, of, top

at the top of one's lungs

Also, at the top of one's voice. With an extremely loud voice. For example, The babies in the nursery all were crying at the top of their lungs. The noun top here refers to the greatest degree of volume (that is, loudest) rather than high pitch, a usage dating from the mid-1500s.
See also: lung, of, top

at the top of (one's) lungs

As loudly as one's voice will allow.
See also: lung, of, top
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When he came to himself, he began to cry and shriek at the top of his lungs, stamping his feet on the ground and wailing all the while:
Clausen was yelling his enthusiasm, at the top of his lungs, into the ear of his nearest neighbor.
Messeigneurs the bourgeois," he cried, at the top of his lungs to the crowd, which continued to hoot him, "we are going to begin at once.
Finally, just before they passed out of sight the creature raised the limp body of the child high above his head and cast it down with all his strength upon the pavement, and then, wheeling and screaming madly at the top of his lungs, he dashed headlong up the winding street.
He just lay beneath his antagonist in a paralysis of fear, screaming at the top of his lungs.
As the hours passed by, he can be seen running up and down the aisle and screaming at the top of his lungs, making it all the more difficult for the passengers to experience a comfortable flight.
Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, and who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.
SCool and calm, there is no hysterical Bear Grylls-esque shouting at the top of his lungs, or sudden leaping off cliffs or out of planes.
Sharing a photo of them, Ariana wrote: "FYI, he stood up on his chair & started singing Stevie Wonder at the top of his lungs after this photo was taken and i ran to the bathroom and hid (not actually) (sic).
Thus, the sleaziness of a married congressman is established by a scene of the politician romping with a pretty supporter in a pungent portable toilet, screaming at the top of his lungs to the workmen standing outside, This is a world in which Big Brother watches only when it suits the film-makers.
As we drove up the road this furious figure came running down the drive with a bottle in his hand, screaming at the top of his lungs.
No one noticed the bearded man in the crowded bazaar until he started shouting at the top of his lungs about Heaven.
Jennifer said of her lullabies: "He can be crying at the top of his lungs and just turn off like a switch.
Away from the distracted fans and up on the stage, Chuck has more to say, fairly screaming it out at the top of his lungs.
If Paul Revere were here today l can only imagine him riding out of Concord, trying to alert his fellow citizens by racing from town to town yelling at the top of his lungs "The taxes are coming.
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