Cry off, cry out for, cry down, cry out against
– to fail to fulfil a promise or agreement.
- They tried to cry off after promising they would do the presentation.
- Our rugby team was supposed to play a game in the cup, but 8 of our players were ill and we had to cry off.
cry out for
– to be in great need of something; demand something
- The garden is crying out for rain.
- The country is crying out for strong leadership to get out of the economic crisis.
– express a poor opinion of
- In parliament the smaller parties cried down the government’s plan to cut jobs and raise taxes.
cry out against
– express one’s loud disapproval of something; protest
- In many southern European countries people are marching in their capitals to cry out against austerity measures.
Cry is also used in a number of well-known English expressions such as crybaby, cry wolf and a far cry There are more lessons with other verbs in the Phrasal Verb Index it includes run and think. If you want, you can practise by doing these exercises