Idiom:  Cry your eyes out

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


Idiom:  cry your eyes out (cry one's eyes out)

  • to cry very hard or in an uncontrolled way
  • to cry for a long time

Example sentences

  • 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.”
  • When I tried to break up with my boyfriend he started to cry his eyes out and I was shocked because I didn't know how much he loved me.
  • Get down please.  You'll be crying your eyes out if you fall off that table.
  • Every single person in the audience cried their eyes out listening to the young girl describe her battle with brain cancer.
  • I cried my eyes out the day Michael Jackson died. I'm grateful his music lives on.


  • cry/sob one's heart out
  • in a flood of tears
  • drown in tears
  • dissolve in tears

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