Are you looking for some helpful sad idioms?
If so, you have come to the right place.
In this post, we are going to look at some popular sad idioms and how to use them in a sentence.
27 Sad Idioms & Phrases (Examples and Definitions)
To Feel Blue
To feel depressed.
“I think I am just going to stay home today. I am feeling kind of blue.“
To Be Down In The Dumps
To be visibly sad.
“What is wrong with Mario? He looks like he is down in the dumps today. He broke up with his girlfriend last night.“
To Cry Crocodile Tears
To pretend to be sad.
“Julie cried crocodile tears when she heard that John had lost his job.”
To Be Down In The Mouth
To be visibly sad.
“I don’t know what is wrong with Max. He has been down in the mouth all day.”
To Reduce A Person To Tears
To cause one to cry.
“My wife loves this movie. It reduces her to tears every time.”
A Sad Sight
A sight that causes one to have feelings of sadness or pity.
“It was a sad sight to walk into the room and see everyone crying.”
A Sad Set Of Affairs
An unfortunate or unpleasant situation.
“The country has been in a sad set of affairs ever since he took office.“
Too Sad For Words
A situation that is so sad that one can not express his feelings in words.
“I don’t know what to say. It was too sad for words.”
Sadder But Wiser
A person who is unhappy about their current situation, but they have learned from their mistakes.
“Sadder but wiser, Karen is never going to do that again. She definitely learned her lesson.”
A Sad Reflection On Something
Something that damages the reputation of something or someone.
“Why did our boss say that about the company on national TV? He is such a sad reflection of our company and the people who work here.”
To Have A Lump In One’s Throat
To be so sad about something that one can’t put one’s feelings in words.
“I had a lump in my throat as I walked into the funeral home. What was I going to say to offer comfort to the grieving family?”
To Pierce One’s Heart
To impact one deeply.
“After she finished telling her life story, everyone was crying. You could tell the story had really pierced everyone’s heart.”
To Be Down And Out
To be sad as a result of losing hope that something was going to happen today.
“I am sorry, I am just a little down and out today. I was looking forward to seeing my boyfriend this weekend, but he just called me and told me that his boss needs him to work.”
One’s Heart Sinks
To be very disappointed about something.
“My heart sank when my boss told me the project I have been working on for 5 months was a waste of my time.”
To Be Sick At Heart
To experience deep unpleasant emotions such as grief or disappointment.
“George has been sick at heart ever since his wife died from cancer.”
To Fall To Pieces
To become very emotional about something.
“She fell to pieces when she learned that it was her brother who was in the car accident.”
To Fall Apart
To break down emotionally.
“I don’t like to watch sad movies. I fall apart every time.”
To Break One’s Heart
To cause one to be sad. It is most often used in the connection with ending a romantic relationship with someone.
“Wayne broke that girl’s heart when he told her he just wanted to be friends.”
To Take Something Hard
To affect someone’s feelings in a negative way.
“Julie took it hard when her boyfriend ended their relationship.”
To Have A Heavy Heart
To be depressed.
“Ever since his grandmother died, Jason has had a heavy heart.”
To Knock One Sideways
To cause one to be extremely sad about something.
“The death of his sister knocked John sideways. He hasn’t been the same person ever since.”
To Be Broken Hearted
To be very sad.
“I don’t know what to do. James is so brokenhearted about the loss of his daughter. I don’t know what to say to console him.”
To Be Low In Spirits
To be sad due to discouragement.
“Sally has been low in spirits ever since she lost her job.”
To Be Cut Up About Something Or Someone
To be very emotional about something.
“She was all cut up when she saw that her childhood home was destroyed by the wildfire.”
To Feel Out Of Sorts
To feel unhappy.
“I must say, this rainy weather has really put me out of sorts.”
To Be Bummed Out
To be sad or discouraged.
“My daughter just heard the concert she was been planning to go to has been canceled. She is really bummed out.”
To Not Be A Happy Camper
To be unhappy or sad.
“The children have not been happy campers since their parents took their toys away.”
There you have it! 27 useful sad idioms. Did we forget one? If so, share your thoughts in the comments below.
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