Idiom: Cry your eyes out


Poor Billy! He’s crying his eyes out because his ice cream fell on the floor.

Cry one’s eyes out = to cry very hard; or cry for a long time.

Here are some more examples:

  • When John’s wife left him, he cried his eyes out for two weeks straight.
  • Sarah cries her eyes out every time she sees a sad movie.
  • “I can’t talk now,” Ellen said to her friend. “My daughter is crying her eyes out because she failed her exam.”

Your turn. Write a sample sentence below to practice this idiom. When was the last time you cried your eyes out (and why)?

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