cry me a river

cry me a river

Meaning

  • usually used sarcastically to someone who is constantly complaining
  • to cry excessively in front of someone else

Example Sentences

  1. “My baby wouldn’t sleep last night, I am so tired.” “Cry me a river, Joan. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in years.”
  2. You can cry me a river, we are still not going to that concert tomorrow night.
  3. “I can’t believe that my cleaning lady is on holiday again. I will have to clean my house this weekend.” “Cry me a river, I don’t even have a cleaning lady.”
  4. After my boyfriend cheated on me he came back and begged to get back together. I told him that he could cry me a river. It is not happening.
  5. Susan apologized for gossiping behind my back She can cry me a river. I have no time for fake friends.

Origin

Cry me a river is a song that was written by Arthur Hamilton. It was first recorded in 1955. According to sources, Hamilton said that he had never heard the phrase before. He thought that it was an interesting way to get his message across.

“Now you say you’re lonely
You cried the long night through
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you”

The phrase is often extended to “cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it.”

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