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
References in classic literature ?
"Dog-Tooth's dogs were stuffed with meat, and the men who lay in the sun and did no work were rolling in fat, and, at the same time, there were little children crying themselves to sleep with hunger biting them with every wail."
When I think of Zoey, I think of all the children around the world, singing or crying themselves to sleep, the beloved babies of all colors and continents.
"There are adults crying themselves to sleep because they're incredible parents who have fed their children, but not themselves.
I feel the pain of those children who are parentless, it haunts me to think of them crying themselves to sleep at night feeling so alone.
The underlying story is that parents have been to hell and back crying themselves to sleep at night for weeks, months, or even years.
Pop aficionados were no doubt crying themselves to sleep last night after Crazy Frog's version of Axel F made it to number one in the charts.
And when they're not crying themselves to sleep over their hero, Hoops fans have been scouting for a replacement.
Are Turner execs crying themselves to sleep over the slight greying at the temples of TNT and TBS viewers?
Mrs Davies said: "I have had 12 hours sleep in the last five days and I have had to watch my children crying themselves to sleep.
"The children are crying themselves to sleep at night its heartbreaking to see them like this.
Sandra said: "I have had 12 hours sleep in the last five days and I have had to watch my children crying themselves to sleep.
But let's just assume the idea of young impressionable kids crying themselves to sleep at night at the thought of their role model being unfaithful to his wife holds true, the use of a dead father to make that apology is plain wrong