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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.
See also: cry, eye, out

cry uncle

To admit defeat or plead for mercy, especially in an informal physical contest of some kind. The brothers often play fought, but it was invariably the younger of the two who had to cry uncle by the end.
See also: cry, uncle
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/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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

cried all the way to the bank, he/she

Exulted in a sizable monetary gain from something that either had been criticized for lacking merit or simply had not been expected to yield much. This expression, always used ironically, originated in the United States about 1960. The popular pianist Liberace, criticized by serious musicians for his flashy, sentimental style, is said to have so replied to a detractor (as reported in his autobiography, published in 1973). A kindred expression, laughed all the way to the bank, is occasionally substituted.
See also: all, cried, he, she, to, way
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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As in Study 1, we hypothesized that the dismissive attachment style group would cry less often in general and would be less likely to cry when listening to music than the preoccupied attachment style group, and that the scores of the secure attachment style group would fall between these two groups.
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Perhaps, in hope or despair, he might cry. He might cry loudly, crying out for help, this I think would clearly be a call.
Marty, A Cry of Absence: Reflection for the Winter of the Heart (Harper and Row, 1983), 40.
Rottenberg suggests that the chronically depressed might cry less over time because crying often occurs when someone is distressed and wants help from other people.
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Following the experience of a new kind of divine-action-for-deliverance in history, Moses' rag-tag band of Exodus people entered that small buffer state between Egypt and Assyria, bearing witness to an unheard of kind of God, who listens to the cry (saaq) not primarily of the kings and rulers but of slaves and sojourners and op pressed little people (Exod.
"It's like a pill to make me cry. I'm known as being able to cry for no reason at all.
And at the end of the two-mile feature it was the Martin Pipe-trained Far Cry who claimed the pounds 71,850 first prize by a short head from his rival with 16-1 chance Bay Of Islands three and a half lengths back in third.
When he got back up and grabbed his rod, he started to cry again.
Several studies have surveyed the sorts of occasions when adults are likely to cry or the affects being experienced at the time (e.g.
'I was wanting to leave the court because I'm not the type of person who wants to cry in front of everyone.
Further, as stress often precedes a good cry, the sense of calm often felt afterwards is at least in part due to hormonal release.