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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."
At the top of his lungs he voiced the savage war-cry of his forgotten day.
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. Tarzan half rose and kneeled above the black.
As Haley went on to say, "I'm here following a very busy few weeks in American foreign policy", a protester stood up and shouted at the top of his lungs.
It's gonna say, you want free speech?' Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who is standing center stage and advocating for something at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.
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.' "
A very angry Andy screamed at the top of his lungs and shattered the entire building.
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.
I heard my then 3-year-old son Diego crying and screaming at the top of his lungs for me to come back to shore.
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)."
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.
We sat up in the gods - all we could afford but we were quite happy - and at the key moment when the goose was trying to cajole the wicked witch into the oven my boyfriend shouted "show her how tae dae it!" at the top of his lungs.
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