cry (one's) eyes out(redirected from cried one's eyes out)
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cry (one's) eyes out
To cry for an extended period of time. Poor Jane really cried her eyes out during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just cry my eyes out every time.
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cry one's eyes out
Fig. to cry very hard. When we heard the news, we cried our eyes out with joy. She cried her eyes out after his death.
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cry one's eyes out
Also, cry one's heart out. Weep inconsolably. For example, Wendy was so homesick that she was crying her eyes out, or At funerals Ruth always cries her heart out. [c. 1700]
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cry your ˈeyes outcry a lot and for a long time: My son cried his eyes out when we told him we couldn’t afford a new bike. OPPOSITE: laugh your head off
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cry/say uncle Informal
To indicate a willingness to give up a fight or surrender: tickled my brother until he cried uncle.
cry (one's)eyes/heart out
To weep inconsolably for a long time.
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cry one's eyes out, to
To weep or mourn excessively. This hyperbole— how could weeping actually cause eyes to fall out?—dates back at least to the early eighteenth century. It appears in Colley Cibber’s 1705 play, The Careless Husband (1.1), “I could cry my eyes out,” and also in Jonathan Swift’s Polite Conversation (1738). In the nineteenth century it was sometimes altered to crying one’s heart out, especially in popular romantic novels such as Margaret Oliphant’s Joyce (1888).
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