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
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cry oneself to sleep

to weep until sleep overtakes one. The baby finally cried herself to sleep.
See also: cry, sleep
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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According to Shinkawa, many victims cry themselves to sleep. Japanese authorities believe there's a high chance the main masterminds are outside Japan and local henchman are operating within Japan, entrusted with opening bank accounts and the international money laundering side to the scam.
I don't think they'll go home and cry themselves to sleep."
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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. He also suggested that, contrary to popular belief, infants didn't need to be on rigid feeding schedules.
Those who inflict physical punishment on children by hitting them (and indeed by letting babies cry themselves to sleep) should get a copy of Margot Sunderland's excellent book, What Every Parent Needs to Know.
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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. 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.
'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. Understand that youngsters may want to stay up with you, so plan some quiet activities, such as reading or singing to them.
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It's not about leaving a baby to cry themselves to sleep for hours.