Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

cry your (eyes/heart) out

cry one's eyes outcry one's heart out
Meaning(s)
1) weep uncontrollably, often for an extended period of time
  • How to MemorizePopularity LowProfessional HighSocial
    • I was so upset, I cried my eyes out
  • Analysis
     This informal expression is an exaggeration for effect. By making the hyperbolic claim that you are/have been crying to the point of physical harm, you are emphasizing just how upset you are/were about something. In that context, it is similar to the phrase 'in floods of tears.' It can also be used as an insult, in similar way to 'cry me a river,' if you feel somebody is behaving in an overly emotional or sensitive manner. In this, antagonistic, context, you may occasionally hear this expression being used in a high-pressure professional environment.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. When Sophie heard the bad news, she locked herself in her room and started crying her eyes out.
    2. The documentary I watched last night was very sad. Listening to what that sick child had to go through made me cry my heart out.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I shouted at David because the standard of his work simply was not good enough, and do you know what he did? He went to the boss and cried his eyes out! Now I've been given an official warning about my behaviour.
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