do something more in sorrow than in anger
more in sorrow than in anger
Primarily motivated by sadness, even though appearing angry. Oh, I'm sure she said that more in sorrow than in anger—she's still reeling from her husband's death, after all.
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do something more in ˌsorrow than in ˈangerdo something because you feel sad or sorry rather than angry: They said they were threatening legal action more in sorrow than in anger.
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