cry off(redirected from cries off)
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To abandon something that one has promised to do. Andrew was supposed to help me move today, but he cried off this morning, to my great disappointment.
Break or withdraw from a promise or agreement, as in We thought we'd bought the car, but the owner cried off at the last minute. [Late 1700s]
To decide to break a commitment or promise: My volleyball partner cried off at the last moment and forced me to cancel the game.