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sob story

A sad story told in an attempt to generate sympathy for the storyteller. Don't come in tomorrow without your final project. I don't want to hear any sob stories about how you forgot it at home.
See also: sob, story

sob (one's) heart out

To cry for an extended period of time. Poor Jane really sobbed her heart out during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just sob my heart out every time.
See also: heart, out, sob

son of a bitch

1. A mean, unpleasant, or despicable person. Sometimes abbreviated as SOB. (Usually, but not exclusively, said of a man.) Julie's ex-husband was such a mean son of a bitch, it's no wonder she divorced him. She can be a real SOB sometimes, but she gets the job done.
2. An emphatic expression of affection for a person one considers daring, mischievous, or tough. Sometimes abbreviated as SOB. (Usually, but not exclusively, said of a man.) That son of a bitch really pulled through for us when we needed him! I can't believe that lucky SOB won the case!
3. An object or task that is especially problematic. Sometimes abbreviated as SOB. My car broke down, and I can't figure out how to fix the son of a bitch! This project is turning out to be a real SOB.
4. An exclamation of anger, disgust, or dismay. Son of a bitch! My car got towed! My computer crashed again—son of a bitch!
See also: bitch, of, son

cry one's heart out

 and sing one's heart out; play one's heart out; sob one's heart out
Fig. to do something with vigor or intensity. She suffered such grief—alone and sobbing her heart out. The bird sang its little heart out each morning.
See also: cry, heart, out

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

sob something out

to speak something out while sobbing. Wally sobbed his story out while the police made notes. He sobbed out his sad tale.
See also: out, sob

sob something to someone

to cry and tell one's troubles to someone. He is always sobbing his sad tale to anyone who will listen. Timmy sobbed his story to the teacher.
See also: sob

sob story

Fig. a sad story that is likely to draw tears. I've heard nothing but sob stories today. Isn't anybody happy? She had quite a sob story, and I listened to the whole thing.
See also: sob, story

son of a bitch

1. Inf. a very horrible person. (Use with caution. Usually intended as a strong insult. Never used casually.) Bill called Bob a son of a bitch, and Bob punched Bill in the face. This guy's a son of a bitch. He treats everybody rotten.
2. Inf. a useless thing. This car is a son of a bitch. It won't ever start when it's cold. This bumpy old road needs paving. It's a real son of a bitch.
3. Inf. a difficult task. This job is a son of a bitch. I can't do this kind of thing. It's too harda real son of a bitch.
See also: bitch, of, son

sob story

A tale of personal hardship, true or invented, that is intended to arouse pity in the listener. For example, She always came up with some sob story to excuse her absences, but no one believed her . [Early 1900s]
See also: sob, story

son of a bitch

Also, SOB; son of a gun. A mean, disagreeable individual, as in He was regarded as the worst son of a bitch in the industry, or He ran out on her? What an SOB, or He's a real son of a gun when it comes to owing you money. The first of these terms, calling a man the son of a female dog, dates from the early 1300s and is considered vulgar enough to have given rise to the two variants, both euphemisms. The first variant, an abbreviation, dates from World War I. The second, first recorded in 1708, gave rise to the theory that it originally applied to baby boys born at sea (in the days when women accompanied their husbands on long voyages). The explanation seems unlikely, especially since presumably some of the babies were girls. It also once meant the illegitimate son of a soldier (or "gun"). More probably, however, son of a gun evolved simply as a euphemism for the first term and appealed because of its rhyme. Both it and son of a bitch are also put as interjections expressing surprise, amazement, disgust, or disappointment, as in Son of a bitch! I lost my ticket, or I'll be a son of a gun! That must be the governor.
See also: bitch, of, son

cry your heart out


sob your heart out

COMMON If you cry your heart out or sob your heart out, you cry a lot. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. I threw myself on to the bed and cried my heart out. I had never known her cry, and here she was sobbing her heart out. Compare with your heart out.
See also: cry, heart, out

sob your ˈheart out

cry noisily for a long time because you are very sad: After the argument she spent an hour sobbing her heart out in the bedroom. OPPOSITE: laugh your head off
See also: heart, out, sob

a ˈsob story

(informal, disapproving) a story that somebody tells you so that you will feel sorry for them, especially one that does not have that effect or is not true: Then she gave me another of her sob stories, this time about an argument with her boyfriend.
See also: sob, story


n. a son of a bitch; a despised person, usually a male. (Initialism only. Crude. Also a rude and provocative term of address.) Tell that SOB to mind his own business.

sob sister

n. a weak woman who is prone to crying. I had another sob sister in the office today. Went through half a box of tissues.
See also: sister, sob

sob story

n. a sad story that is likely to draw tears. I’ve heard nothing but sob stories today. Isn’t anybody happy?
See also: sob, story

son of a bitch

1. n. a despicable person, usually a male. (Rude and derogatory. Abbreviated SOB.) Tell that son of a bitch to get out of here, but fast.
2. n. old buddy. (Used between close male companions.) Where you been keeping yourself, you son of a bitch?
3. exclam. Dammit! (Usually objectionable. Usually Son of a bitch!) Son of a bitch! I didn’t even see that car pull out.
See also: bitch, of, son

sob sister

Someone devoted to charities, or (less charitably) a do-gooder. Originally a newspaper reporter or editor, invariably a woman, whose assignment was to produce sentimental stories and interviews that would appeal to female readers. By extension, the phrase came to mean any overly emotional person, whether male or female, especially one involved in charitable and public service efforts where sad tales of the recipients would tug on their heartstrings.
See also: sister, sob
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com The SOBS Johnstone group meets at Johnstone Day Centre on the last Wednesday of every month at 7.
Keeping memories alive Alana and Broxi took part in the Kiltwalk to raise money for SOBS
A B&B spokesman said: "We informed SOBS that it had not gathered the necessary 500 signatures to put any resolutions to the society's AGM.
Mr Goodall, who claimed he was personally facing financial ruin if the case failed, said that Sobs needed to focus its attention on supporting mutuality at the Bradford & Bingley - Britain's second biggest society - rather than risk everything on the Midshires.
He added: "It would be illogical to risk personal bankruptcy in the event of losing the case, which would not only be personally disastrous but would seriously interfere with the day-to-day running of the Sobs campaign.
The Sobs campaign was hoping that members would vote to protect local branches and staff jobs, as well as guaranteeing saving and mortgage rates.
A SOBS spokesman said: "We cannot raise the money ourselves because many of our supporters are pensioners and cannot afford it.
Smith asked on CNN between anguished sobs a mere three days after the bombing.
It says SOBS has so far failed to win sufficient support, in terms of members and financial backing, to have the resolutions included.
POIGNANT: Lana Turner in Madame X (top) and Imitation Of Life; SOB, SOB: Fried Green Tomatoes (left) and the 1945 classic Brief Encounter
Mr Bob Goodall, co-ordinator of Sobs, said: "Mortgage customers at Birmingham Midshires will not be better off if this deal goes through.
The sobs stopped and as the Becks handed her his shirt, a bashful smile lit up her face.
Jack Pullein said the show was "turning into X Factor with all these sob stories".
My slight arms encircled her, and every muted sob that shook her shoulders passed like jolts of electricity through my arms and into my chest.
She did nothing but sob her heart out," said one onlooker.