cry out

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cry + out

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cry out (third-person singular simple present cries out, present participle crying out, simple past and past participle cried out)

  1. To shout in a loud voice, due to pain, or fear, or unhappiness.
    1979, Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
    Do you cry out in your sleep?
    All my failings exposed...
    Gets a taste in my mouth
    As desperation takes hold
    Why is it something so good
    Just can't function no more
    • 1994, Stephen Fry, The Hippopotamus Chapter 2
      At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree.

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