not a dry eye in the house

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not a dry eye in the house

Everyone in attendance was crying. The term is typically used literally, but with exaggeration—some people may have been crying in the situation described, but usually not literally everyone. His final monologue was simply heartbreaking. Not a dry eye in the house.
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not a dry eye in the ˈhouse

(humorous) used to say that everyone was very emotional about something: There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when they announced their engagement.
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These are wacky, witless folks, but when Mom--yet again--comes around the corner to find lost sheep Macauley Culkin on Christmas morn, there's not a dry eye in the house. So, too, in Grisham's tale, even the loony Kranks end up in a teary-eyed reunion that Loretta Young would have envied.
When he signs off with "Courage," there's not a dry eye in the house.