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enough to make the angels weep

So terrible, distressing, or grievous as to shake the foundations of one's faith or hope. The tragedy of those two young boys' deaths is enough to make the angels weep.
See also: angel, enough, make, weep

weep (one's) heart out

To weep copiously; to cry intensely and for a long time. Lauren wept her heart out at the news of her father's sudden death. What did you say to upset your brother? He's been weeping his heart out upstairs for the last half hour!
See also: heart, out, weep

weep millstones

Said hyperbolically of one who is deemed so cold and indifferent as to be unable to cry tears. I've never seen Claire show any emotion—in fact, she probably weeps millstones. Why didn't you comfort that poor little girl? Do you weep millstones?
See also: millstone, weep

laugh and the (whole) world laughs with you(; weep and you weep alone)

People like to be around those who are happy (but not those who are sad or morose). I know he's still hurting from the breakup, but John's misery has made him really hard to be around. Like they say, laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.
See also: and, laugh, weep, world

read 'em and weep

Look at these results, which clearly show that I am the winner and you are the loser. A clichéd expression that is especially commonly used during card games. Ha! Read 'em and weep—a royal flush! I win! A: "There's no way that you got cast in the lead role—my audition was way better than yours!" B: "Read 'em and weep, there's my name right at the top of the list!"
See also: and, read, weep

weep buckets

To weep copiously; to cry intensely and for a long time. Everyone wept buckets during the funeral. What did you say to upset your brother? He's been weeping buckets upstairs for the last half hour!
See also: bucket, weep

Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.

Prov. When you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you. Nancy: When Harry and I were dating, all our friends invited us places and called to say hello. Now that we've broken up, they treat me as if I don't exist. Jane: Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.
See also: alone, and, laugh, weep, world

read it and weep

Fig. read the bad news; hear the bad news. I'm sorry to bring you the bad news. Read it and weep.
See also: and, read, weep

weep about someone or something

to cry about someone or something; to mourn someone or something. She was weeping about her grandfather, who had passed away in the night. There is no use weeping about spilled milk.
See also: weep

weep for joy

Fig. to cry out of happiness. She was so happy, she wept for joy. We all wept for joy at the safe return of the child.
See also: joy, weep

weep for (someone or an animal)

to cry out of sorrow for someone or an animal. She wept for her puppy when it was terribly sick. Please don't weep for me after I'm gone.
See also: weep

weep over someone or something

to cry about someone or something. No need to weep over me. I'll do all right. There is no point in weeping over something you can't do anything about.
See also: over, weep

laugh and the world laughs with you

Keep your sense of humor and people will sympathize with you, as in She's always cheerful and has dozens of friends; laugh and the world laughs with you. This expression actually is part of an ancient Latin saying that concludes, weep and the world weeps with you. The current version, with the ending weep and you weep alone (meaning "you'll get no sympathy in your sorrow"), first appeared in 1883 in Ella Wilcox's poem "Solitude." O. Henry used a slightly different version: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and they give you the laugh" ( The Count and the Wedding Guest, 1907).
See also: and, laugh, world

weep buckets

Cry copiously, as in That sad tale of unrequited love always made her weep buckets. [Colloquial]
See also: bucket, weep

read 'em and weep

You won't be happy with this news. You're playing poker, and at the end of a hand you hold a full house, aces high. Only you and another player are left in the round. You lay down your hand, and just as you're about to reach for the substantial amount of money in the pot, the other player lays down his cards and says smugly, “Read 'em and weep.” It's a straight flush. Although the phrase is most commonly heard in card games, it has been used in other situations, such as when a garage mechanic with a distorted sense of humor hands you a staggeringly large bill for his services.
See also: and, read, weep
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Aside from learning how to weep, the pontiff posed another challenge to the youth and that is the challenge of love.
Critique: Impressively well written by a gifted novelist of the first order, Quan Barry's "She Weeps Each Time You're Born" is very highly recommended reading.
The lines omitted from the final version read: "I look from the wings at the play you are staging/While my guitar gently weeps/As I'm sitting here doing nothing but aging/Still my guitar gently weeps.
The two-disc, 36-track collection also includes classics from the likes of Joe Walsh (Rocky Mountain Way), Dire Straits (Brothers In Arms), Free (Wishing Well), The Who (Who Are You), Traffic (Dear Mr Fantasy), Santana (Samba Pa Ti), Rod Stewart (Angel) and Gary Moore (Parisienne Walkways) before winding up with Jeff Healey's version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
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At the bottom of the Weeps manuscript, Harrison has added the comment "The band leader said he ain't playin' no more" - a clear reference to the troubled atmosphere in the studio prior to the recording of the White album.
The photos in Fazal Sheikh's series "A Camel for the Son," 1992-2000, and "The Victor Weeps," 1996-98, are among the latter.
I suggest that far from withdrawing His love from such sinners, God weeps over them, as Our Lord wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44).
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LYRICS to While My Guitar Gently Weeps handwritten by Beatles legend George Harrison sold for pounds 300,000 at auction yesterday.
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The one glorious exception to the taxidermy syndrome is Bill Viola's 1976 video installation He Weeps for You, which manages to encapsulate the viewer, the gallery, and the world in a single drop of water.
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We must open ourselves to the God who weeps in the cries of the prophets and in the tears of Jesus over Jerusalem, the God who aches for us in our pain and moves in us and through us to labor for healing and wholeness.
4 -- 5 -- color) Yaron Cohen, left, weeps at a portrait of his girlfriend, Victoria Hen, during a memorial service Sunday at Groman-Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills.