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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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"I have had people crying down the phone because their doctor won't listen to them," says Geraldine Leonard, of Lupus UK.
Mehdi explains: "I phoned my mum and sister to tell them and they were screaming and crying down the phone.
"They suddenly grabbed my bag and fled; I was crying down the phone as I called for the police."
Speaking from their Wavertree home, his sister Melissa said: "I feel sick - I have just had my mum screaming and crying down the phone from Bulgaria.
The 18-year-old, who lives with mum Linda, 52, dad Gary, 49, and younger sister Gemma, 14, in Scholes, near Holmfirth, West Yorks, said: "It didn't really sink in at first, I just thought I had won some money and then when I found out I rang my family and they were crying down the phone.
"Myself and Hursty (John Hurst) have been crying down the phone like old fish wives this morning.
The 18 year old, who lives with mum Linda, 52, dad Gary, 49, and younger sister Gemma, 14, in Scholes, near Holmfirth, West Yorks, said: "I just thought I had won some money and then when I found out I rang my family and they were crying down the phone.
Whilst our own Big Brains were screaming at each other and crying down their waistcoats over who to blame for the ignominious end of the Fourth Dis Grace, the Mancs were quietly erecting the Manchester Eye, without fuss or arguments or protests.
THERE have been many letters recently crying down Tony Blair, but people have short memories.
"So, it's been hard, especially when he's been crying down the phone to me.
"I called him and I was crying down the phone." She went on: "He mainly works in West Sussex.
Don't be like my daughter and end up calling your parents from miles away, crying down the phone in the middle of the night.