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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Crying yourself to sleep won't make your problem go away.
It happens when you get to 35, that's the other side of football, I don't think Rio will be short of offers so don't be crying yourself to sleep tonight.
It's not right that you're crying yourself to sleep every night - your home is meant to be your sanctuary.
Crying yourself to sleep over a personal slight may be.
The last month or so has been a roller coaster of emotions, with you wishing her gone one moment, then crying yourself to sleep wishing she'd stay the next.
If this means crying yourself to sleep for the next month, then so be it.
Stop crying yourself to sleep and wishing your life was just a bad dream - make it good by changing it.
You get to a point where you're crying yourself to sleep at night.
After yet another hollow victory at the Dog And Duck on a Tuesday evening, you walk home alone before crying yourself to sleep.