it'll (all) end in tears

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it'll (all) end in tears

Something is doomed to fail and cause a lot of heartache to everyone involved. I just don't think your personalities are a good match. I'm afraid it'll all end in tears. Everyone knew that their business venture would end in tears.
See also: end, tear

it'll end in tears

When people say it'll end in tears, they mean that they think a situation will end badly, with people being upset. Boris got himself involved in a relationship with a foreigner that was destined to end in tears. Markets are not stable, and for many companies and investors, it could well end in tears.
See also: end, tear

end in tears

have an unhappy or unpleasant outcome (often used as a warning). British
1992 Iain Banks The Crow Road Well, let them get married. The earlier the better; it would end in tears. Let them rush into it, let them repent at leisure.
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ˌend in ˈtears

(spoken) if you say that something will end in tears, you are warning somebody that what they are doing will have an unhappy or unpleasant result: You’d better keep your promise or it’ll end in tears.
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Here's 20 things your mother said when you were growing up: Because I said so; Wait and see; Ask your dad; No pudding unless you finish your dinner; If someone asked you to jump off a cliff, would you?; I've told you a thousand times; Say pardon, not what; What did your last slave die of?: You'll take someone's eye out with that; It'll all end in tears; I want, never gets; Close the door, you weren't born in a barn; Don't sit that close to the TV, you'll get square eyes; There is no such word as can't; Who is she, the cat's mother?; Carrots make you see in the dark; If you eat your crusts you'll get curly hair; Don't make that face.
Already told off Jayne and Spiral - it'll all end in tears. Hurrah!
Today she'll head for his concert at Newcastle - but it'll all end in tears on Saturday as Barry plays his final UK gig at Manchester.