Cry Me a River

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cry Me a River’ Cry me a river is a sarcastic response to someone who is expressing sadness or complaining and for whom you have no sympathy. Usage Although cry me a river can be used in response to actual crying, tears are not necessary for the idiom to be used. It … Read more

Cry Wolf

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cry Wolf’ To cry wolf means to raise a false alarm; to warn of a danger that doesn’t really exist; to cry for help when you do not actually need help; to complain about something needlessly. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, … Read more

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

Also: Don’t cry over spilled milk No use crying over spilt spilled milk Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk’ Don’t cry over spilt (or spilled) milk means don’t be upset about something that has happened and cannot be changed, undone, or rectified. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury … Read more

Crying Shame, a

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Crying Shame’ A crying shame is a very unfortunate situation; a more emphatic way of saying ‘a real shame.’ Usage “Did you hear about all the layoffs? What a crying shame.” “It’s a crying shame Suan’s father died just before her wedding.” Origin Used since at least the first half of the … Read more