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cry down

1. To deride or mistreat someone or something. If you want to keep your friends, don't cry down to people just because you're rich and famous now.
2. To overshadow or silence someone or something by making more noise than that person or thing. The dictator vowed to cry down the protests.
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cry down

v.
To belittle or disparage someone or something: The rowdy children cried down anyone who attempted to quiet them. The opposition cried us down at every opportunity.
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Erica Duggan heard her terrified son crying down the phone and hours later learnt that he had been hit by cars while running down a motorway in Germany.
Her mum Chervorn, aged 39, said: "She was just crying down the phone, she thought she was going to be in trouble because the mobile was a gift from a friend.
Crying down the phone is a bit much, especially when one's brother is old enough to engage in a meaningful relationship.
Mr Atkinson, who works at Durham School, said: "When we heard the details of Daniel's inquest, my wife was crying down the phone to me.
I have been overwhelmed by the public's reaction, we have had them crying down the phone all morning.
He said: "There are grown men crying down there in that changing room - big, big men feeling very emotional after what's just happened.
His daughter had been out playing and heard a dog crying down a hole.
When I first phoned to see about my consultation I ended up crying down the phone, so I think that says it all about how much my weight was affecting me.
I've got to phone my mother and tell her while she's crying down the phone.
I went home and I was just crying down the phone to my husband.
She was crying down the phone because she cannot be there, even though she was made up that I had been chosen to win my first cap,' said the 21-year-old.