cry (oneself) to sleep

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cry (oneself) to sleep

1. Literally, to cry until one falls asleep. I was so upset after the funeral that I cried myself to sleep.
2. When used figuratively, this phrase indicates that one is very upset about something. It is often said sarcastically to mean the opposite. I'm not thrilled with that grade, but it's not like I'm crying myself to sleep over it. Yeah, I'm sure that actor is really crying himself to sleep over a bad review!
See also: cry, sleep

cry oneself to sleep

to weep until sleep overtakes one. The baby finally cried herself to sleep.
See also: cry, sleep
References in classic literature ?
So Polly made her moan, and by the time she got home, was just in the mood to go to bed and cry herself to sleep, as girls have a way of doing when their small affliction becomes unbearable.
Polly had fully intended to be very miserable, and cry herself to sleep; but when she lay down at last, her pillow seemed very soft, her little room very lovely, with the fire-light flickering on all the home-like objects, and her new-blown roses breathing her a sweet good-night.
It was dreadful, and the worst of it was John went on so quietly afterward, just as if nothing had happened, except that he stayed in town later, and worked at night when she had gone to cry herself to sleep. A week or remorse nearly made Meg sick, and the discovery that John had countermanded the order for his new greatcoat reduced her to a state of despair which was pathetic to behold.
She said she would cry herself to sleep in frustration at not being able to help everyone.
although, in his defence, Eyal had offered to let her cry herself to sleep in the bed - showed that this is now a coupling in name only and ever more shall be...
According to the insider, Christine has been known to cry herself to sleep over the "mistreatment" she's received in her relationship and no longer allows Kody to stay at her home.
"In her defence she was getting a bit stressed because people were looking at her and she had a baby that was really upset and in distress, so I think she was hoping the baby would cry herself to sleep.
Rapper Nick, who is 10 years her junior, said: "At night she'd cry herself to sleep. She dealt with it really well, it brought us closer."
Alice Sterry, aged 93, used to cry herself to sleep at night because of the yobs who attacked the empty house next door.
"Every doctor I consulted advised me to set a sleeping routine by letting my baby cry herself to sleep. But, honestly, it isn't easy for a mother to ignore her wailing baby," says Lipika.
Whenever Simpson was in a messy state due to her relationships, "she would cry herself to sleep at night, using Daisy as a pillow."
Many techniques are variations of the extinction method (letting the baby cry herself to sleep); however for many parents, this is a difficult method to employ and some professionals and lay authors have criticized this tactic.
Often these homes were poorer than her own, and the hungry little girl would cry herself to sleep on a mattress on the floor.
The mother described how difficult it was for her daughter to accept his absence, saying her daughter would cry herself to sleep every night.
Should we put her in her crib at a time that seems sensible and just leave her to cry herself to sleep? She gets so upset when left to cry that I worry she is being damaged emotionally in some way.