cry the blues

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cry the blues

1. Literally, to sing blues music or in that style. There was this old man crying the blues at the bar last night; it was a really moving bit of music.
2. By extension, to complain, whine, or express grief, especially as a means of gaining sympathy from others. Many people will cry the blues over trivial inconveniences, while millions of others silently suffer real hardships every day.
See also: blues, cry
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these NGOs have been crying the blues.
If McKenzie-Willamette does choose to locate in Springfield, I'll bet there will be far fewer neighbors crying the blues about "not in my backyard.
You hear all the crying the blues now that there are bankruptcies and massive lay-offs and precipitous drops in quarterly earnings.
Bhojwani and his counterparts who are crying the blues looking for talent might check the unemployment lines or post an ad with AARP.
Let's hope that people don't stop crying the blues.
The mainstream manufacturers may be crying the blues over sagging wallpaper sales in recent years, but in designer showrooms the story couldn't be more different.
The closeness was very evident Monday (January 19) as we were all crying the blues after the Colts lost to New England.
But the cable networks that got tripped up in the February sweeps are not crying the blues --at least not yet.
There are those companies that are crying the blues and say they are losing money.
Nineteen million voters will get attention; 30,000 upper class executives and managers crying the blues will not.
Italian home video companies are also crying the blues.
Last year when everybody was crying the blues, we had the best year we've had in 40-plus years.
But we're not crying the blues and we're not worried about anything.
This year, like so many years in the past, CU is proposing a tuition increase, and crying the blues about its finances.