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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Perhaps these ''scholars'' need to spend some time with real boys who cry themselves to sleep on Sunday nights dreading school.
And while a nation of fans cry themselves to sleep, JLS will be partying (hard).
THE Record's story about the mum and her three-year-old son who cry themselves to sleep at night because they are living in a rundown homeless hostel provoked a mixed reaction.
Spock went against childcare orthodoxy as well, encouraging parents to pick up their children when they were crying rather than letting them cry themselves to sleep.
Kids cry themselves to sleep over loss of rabbits and hens A HEARTBROKEN mother has spoken of her devastation after vandals stole animals from her home.
How many of those children cry themselves to sleep at night listening to the sounds of another beating?
There are many different theories about the best way to get a child to sleep through the night, as varied as co-sleeping to letting children as young as three months cry themselves to sleep.
My son Steve and his wife Krista cry themselves to sleep every night, which is understandable and probably good for them.
It doesn't bother me because I've always been a strong person, although I know some people who cry themselves to sleep at night because of similar abuse.
Discuss the bedtime/naptime routine with the parents beforehand and never let children cry themselves to sleep.
Put them back in their playpen and let them cry themselves to sleep.
It's not about leaving a baby to cry themselves to sleep for hours.
Her mum Julie Turnbutt, 42, said Hayley's daughters Keisha, two, and Letia, three, still cry themselves to sleep.
Now you know why Giles and others of his diminished financial clout cry themselves to sleep and dream of taxpayer-financed stadiums built on land donated by their city fathers.
You'd rather believe that John Stokes, 35, a strapping, dark-haired, tattooed HGV driver, Simon Slater, 29, a boyish-looking window cleaner, and Glen Thomson, 40, a short, balding Mitchellesque tiler, were all deeply troubled, dysfunctional guys who cry themselves to sleep every night.