cry off

(redirected from crying off)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

cry off

To abandon something that one has promised to do. Andrew was supposed to help me move today, but he cried off this morning, to my great disappointment.
See also: cry, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cry off

Break or withdraw from a promise or agreement, as in We thought we'd bought the car, but the owner cried off at the last minute. [Late 1700s]
See also: cry, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

cry off

v.
To decide to break a commitment or promise: My volleyball partner cried off at the last moment and forced me to cancel the game.
See also: cry, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Asked if there were still any bad feeling between the two clubs in the wake of Boro originally crying off the fixture and being subsequently docked three points, Parkes replied: "No.