for crying out loud

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Euphemistic alteration of for Christ's sake.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /fɚ ˈkɹaɪ.ɪŋ aʊt ˌlaʊd/
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Adverb[edit]

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!

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