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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
References in classic literature ?
Upon the outside several hundred other baboons were tearing and tugging in his aid, and all were roaring and jabbering and barking at the top of their lungs.
It is a phrase everyone has always wanted to shout at the top of their lungs whenever faced with preposterous requirements for government permits, licenses, clearances or what-have-you, but they could not do so in public because it was too inappropriate-nay, too vulgar.
Famous Egyptian actor Nour El Sherif could not hold back his tears when he was presented with an honorary award at the Egyptian Alexandria Cinema Festival and began crying when fans shouted "We love you Nour" at the top of their lungs.
One of the diners told the Mirror that the sophisticated restaurant felt like a karaoke bar because the supermodel and her party mates, including Sadie Frost, Stella McCartney, John Galliano and her close pal Naomi Campbell, were singing at the top of their lungs.
The procession stopped outside the Allama Iqbal Library, at the centre of the campus, with the protesters singing Pakistan National Anthem at the top of their lungs.
THE sound of girls shrieking at the top of their lungs is being played at One Direction's sound checks - to help them stay in tune.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto are the true martyrs of democracy, while the opportunist are crying at the top of their lungs they are the real champions of the rule of people,", he said while talking to Pakistani diaspora in UK.
Each of the victims take the shock differently, with some screaming at the top of their lungs and others trying to pry their way out of the elevator and bolt past the workers.
Last year, I was driving into Manhattan and there was a car packed full of teenage girls all singing, at the top of their lungs, Someone Like You.
Ladies participating in the 'Private Song' radio contest called Radio One weekdays, during "The Maximus Experience" at 5 pm, and sang the song of the day at the top of their lungs.
Notoriously late risers, The Holloways managed not only to be up on time for an 8am gig (in pyjamas and dressing gowns, of course) as part of the Carling 24 Festival, but also played a set of such contagious energy that the entire bleary-eyed crowd found themselves dancing on the tables and singing along at the top of their lungs.
Part of that is due to the obvious reason that if your cast is going to sing words at the top of their lungs, you're going to have to pull the source material seriously out of shape.
Try as they might, close relatives and even respected religious leaders cannot persuade me that anyone who stands in front of a group of judges, yelping at the top of their lungs while begging to be "put through" is anything but clinically insane.
They screamed and yelled at the top of their lungs for fighters like Tito Ortiz and Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski-two of the sports biggest names.
Gallons of fake blood slosh about the screen as the characters beg - or rather scream at the top of their lungs - for their lives.