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 used hyperbolically: 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.
See also: dry, eye, house, not
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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.