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cry

 (krī)
v. cried (krīd), cry·ing, cries (krīz)
v.intr.
1. To shed tears, especially as a result of strong emotion such as grief, sorrow, pain, or joy.
2. To call loudly; shout.
3. To utter a characteristic sound or call. Used of an animal.
4. To demand or require immediate action or remedy: grievances crying out for redress.
v.tr.
1. To utter loudly; call out.
2. To proclaim or announce in public: crying one's wares in the marketplace.
3. To bring into a particular condition by weeping: cry oneself to sleep.
4. Archaic To beg for; implore: cry forgiveness.
n. pl. cries (krīz)
1. A loud utterance of an emotion, such as fear, anger, or despair.
2. A loud exclamation; a shout or call.
3. A fit of weeping: had a good long cry.
4. An urgent entreaty or appeal.
5. A public or general demand or complaint.
6. A common view or general report.
7. An advertising of wares by calling out: vendors' cries at the fish market.
8. A rallying call or signal: a cry to arms.
9. A slogan, especially a political one.
10. The characteristic call or utterance of an animal.
11.
a. The baying of hounds during the chase.
b. A pack of hounds.
12. Obsolete Clamor; outcry.
13. Obsolete A public announcement; a proclamation.
Phrasal Verbs:
cry down
To belittle or disparage.
cry off
To break or withdraw from a promise, agreement, or undertaking.
cry up
To praise highly; extol.
Idioms:
cry havoc
To sound an alarm; warn.
cry (one's) eyes/heart out
To weep inconsolably for a long time.
cry on (someone's) shoulder
To tell one's problems to someone else in an attempt to gain sympathy or consolation.
cry over spilled milk
To regret in vain what cannot be undone or rectified.
cry wolf
To raise a false alarm.
for crying out loud
Used to express annoyance or astonishment: Let's get going, for crying out loud!
in full cry
In hot pursuit, as hounds hunting.

[Middle English crien, from Old French crier, from Vulgar Latin *critāre, from Latin quirītāre, to cry out, perhaps from Quirītēs, public officers to whom one would cry out in times of need.]
Synonyms: cry, weep, wail, bawl, keen2, sob, blubber1
These verbs mean to express strong emotion, such as grief, misery, or pain, by shedding tears or making inarticulate sounds. Cry and weep both involve the shedding of tears: "She cried without trying to suppress any of the noisier manifestations of grief and confusion" (J. D. Salinger). "I weep for what I'm like when I'm alone" (Theodore Roethke).
Wail and bawl refer to loud sustained utterance, as in grief, misery, or fear: "The women ... began to wail together; they mourned with shrill cries" (Joseph Conrad)."Her voice was always hoarse. Her Dad said this was because she had bawled so much when she was a baby" (Carson McCullers).
Keen refers more specifically to wailing and lamentation for the dead: "It is the wild Irish women keening over their dead" (George A. Lawrence).
Sob describes weeping or a mixture of broken speech and weeping marked by convulsive breathing or gasping: "sobbing and crying, and wringing her hands as if her heart would break" (Laurence Sterne).
Blubber refers to noisy shedding of tears accompanied by broken or inarticulate speech: "When he drew out what had been a fiddle, crushed to morsels in the greatcoat, he blubbered aloud" (Emily Brontë).

cry off

vb
(intr) informal to withdraw from or cancel (an agreement or arrangement)
Translations
يُلغي
odvolatzrušit
aflyse
eláll
afturkalla; aflÿsa

w>cry off

vi (Brit) → einen Rückzieher machen, aussteigen (inf); to cry off from somethingaus etw aussteigen (inf), → etw (wieder) abblasen (inf)

cry

(krai) verb
1. to let tears come from the eyes; to weep. She cried when she heard of the old man's death.
2. (often with out) to shout out (a loud sound). She cried out for help.
nounplural cries
1. a shout. a cry of triumph.
2. a time of weeping. The baby had a little cry before he went to sleep.
3. the sound made by some animals. the cry of a wolf.
a far cry
a long way (from). Our modern clothes are a far cry from the animal skins worn by our ancestors.
cry off
to cancel (an engagement or agreement).
References in classic literature ?
What-d'-ye-call'em--'Osborne,' will cry off now, I suppose, since the family is smashed.
Big Ron, 75, came off the bench to replace Sir Alex, 72, after he had to cry off a speaker at the last minute.
Daily Mail man Colin Young broke a finger playing five-a-side football the night before and had to cry off.
Blue and Blacks head coach Richard Hodges, who welcomed a bonus point for finishing within seven, said: "We did well when you consider we had three players cry off late.
Now she's threatening to ring her mates and cry off the hen night because I'm being a tightwad.
PLAGUED with injuries and unable to raise a team Waterloo were forced to cry off their third round EDF Energy National Trophy tie to Cinderford last week.
Cunnington had six players cry off with work commitments ahead of Tuesday's trip to Stoke-on-Trent.