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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He's crying himself to sleep at night and I feel rotten.
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As for crying himself to sleep, he ought to think about some of those abused, degraded kids he was getting off on and ask himself how THEY get to sleep at night.
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He paced around the house clutching a picture of Grace into the early hours before going to bed alone and crying himself to sleep.
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