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 said: "It's been emotionally one of the worst camps I've had, and I'm in a room at night crying myself to sleep. It's hard losing a brotherin-law, your missus and the family is broken."
I'm crying myself to sleep every night but if I don't agree to it, I think he might end the marriage anyway.
I'm crying myself to sleep every night, but if I don't agree to it I think he might end the marriage anyway.
I was crying myself to sleep most nights and our house wasn't the same without her.
"If I'd wanted tea-lights on my tables, I would have bought nice ones!" I raged before crying myself to sleep. Pathetic it may be, but after chatting to fellow brides, I find I'm not alone.
She said, 'They e-mail me and text me such horrible things - it really upsets me, and I've been crying myself to sleep. I don't have any friends any more...
After weeks of 'crying myself to sleep', she decided to return to Wales, packing her bags and heading to the airport.
I have been crying myself to sleep but I don't want to leave him because I love him.
He said: "The pain was so bad I was crying myself to sleep at night.
I have been crying myself to sleep, but I don't want to leave him because I love him.
I've found myself crying myself to sleep at night over what's happened.
Dear Coleen, I JUST turned 40 and ended up crying myself to sleep after my party because I still don't have a boyfriend.
In one text message Palmer wrote: "Crying myself to sleep for the second time this week and it's only Wednesday.
She added: "I remember crying myself to sleep on a nightly basis."