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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We're 14 and have been crying ourselves to sleep every night.
But there is no point in us crying ourselves to sleep.
What's the point of looking like we're having a groovy time when, in fact, we're crying ourselves to sleep every night?
Clemens told The Mirror last night: "All the while she was threatening us with an abortion, all the while she knew we were crying ourselves to sleep, all she ever intended to do was to keep the baby for herself and take our money.