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for crying out loud

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EtymologyEdit

Euphemistic alteration of for Christ's sake.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /fɚ ˈkɹaɪ.ɪŋ aʊt ˌlaʊd/
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AdverbEdit

for crying out loud

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic) Used to express frustration, exasperation, or annoyance.
    Oh! For crying out loud, get off the computer! You've been on there for ages!
    1997, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, iv:
    ‘I knew yeh weren’t gettin’ yer letters but I never thought yeh wouldn’t even know abou’ Hogwarts, fer cryin’ out loud!’

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