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
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Wing Shane Williams said: "It was frustratingly close in the end, but we can't cry ourselves to sleep.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: "I just want them to know how much Mum and I miss them with all our hearts and how we cry ourselves to sleep at night because they aren't here where they belong.
We cry ourselves to sleep each night and only have photographs of her to look at.
I miss the lively conversations we had about everything and we'd often laugh or cry ourselves to sleep in the early hours of the morning.
Do we lay in bed all day and cry ourselves to sleep or do we carry on?