sob (oneself) to sleep

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sob (oneself) to sleep

1. Literally, to weep uncontrollably until one falls asleep. I was so upset after the funeral that I sobbed myself to sleep that night.
2. By extension, to be upset by or distraught about something. Typically used sarcastically to mean the opposite. I'm not thrilled with that grade, but it's not like I'm going to sob myself to sleep over it. Yeah, I'm sure that actor is really sobbing himself to sleep over a single bad review!
See also: sleep, sob

sob oneself to sleep

to cry until one falls asleep. He sobbed himself to sleep for days after his grandpa died. The child sobbed himself to sleep night after night.
See also: sleep, sob
References in classic literature ?
The rooms were too large for her to move in with ease: whatever she touched she expected to injure, and she crept about in constant terror of something or other; often retreating towards her own chamber to cry; and the little girl who was spoken of in the drawing-room when she left it at night as seeming so desirably sensible of her peculiar good fortune, ended every day's sorrows by sobbing herself to sleep. A week had passed in this way, and no suspicion of it conveyed by her quiet passive manner, when she was found one morning by her cousin Edmund, the youngest of the sons, sitting crying on the attic stairs.
A source said: "She's been sobbing herself to sleep most nights since her last run-in with Jude and she wanted to get as far away from London as possible."