cry off

If you cry off, you tell someone that you cannot do something that you have agreed or arranged to do.

[V P] Barron invited her to the races and she agreed, but she caught flu and had to cry off at the last minute.


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  • cry off — (Informal) [verb] back out, excuse oneself, quit, withdraw * * * (informal) BACK OUT, pull out, cancel, withdraw, beg off, excuse oneself, change one s mind; informal get cold feet, cop out. → cry * * * verb …   Useful english dictionary

  • cry off — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms cry off : present tense I/you/we/they cry off he/she/it cries off present participle crying off past tense cried off past participle cried off informal to decide not to do something that you had promised or… …   English dictionary

  • cry off — verb To cancel something that one has previously arranged with someone. Sorry, but I have to cry off the game on Saturday, as my mother in law is coming to visit. Syn: beg off …   Wiktionary

  • cry off — verb Date: 1775 intransitive verb chiefly British to beg off transitive verb to call off (as a bargain) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cry off — informal go back on a promise or fail to keep to an arrangement. → cry …   English new terms dictionary

  • cry off — v. cancel, withdraw from an agreement …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cry off — informal Syn: back out, pull out, cancel, withdraw, change one s mind; informal get cold feet, cop out …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • cry — [krī] vi. cried, crying [ME crien < OFr crier < L quiritare, to wail, shriek (var. of quirritare, to squeal like a pig < * quis, echoic of a squeal); assoc. in ancient folk etym. with L Quirites, Roman citizens (as if meaning “to call… …   English World dictionary

  • cry — ► VERB (cries, cried) 1) shed tears. 2) shout or scream loudly. 3) (of a bird or other animal) make a loud characteristic call. 4) (cry out for) demand as a self evident requirement or solution. 5) ( …   English terms dictionary

  • cry — cry1 W2S2 [kraı] v past tense and past participle cried present participle crying third person singular cries ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(produce tears)¦ 2¦(say loudly)¦ 3 cry over spilt milk 4 for crying out loud 5 cry foul 6¦(animal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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