Definition of cry off in US English:

cry off

phrasal verb

British
informal
  • Go back on a promise or fail to keep to an arrangement.

    ‘we were going to Spain together and he cried off at the last moment’
    • ‘It was only going to be a flying visit, but Jon and Trevor (and Paul, too, in the end, who had been on the verge of crying off on account of illness, so it's a good job I bought extra cakes) stayed for a couple of hours.’
    • ‘I was supposed to be going down the pub with my mate Alan, but he cried off, pleading exhaustion.’
    • ‘He and I went to Venice and Florence together too, and he was also supposed to be part of our house-share just outside Sienna one year but cried off due to pressures of work.’
    • ‘But history shows that he cried off at half-time having pulled a stomach muscle.’
    • ‘Ten days ago you were supposed to do a job, but you cried off.’
    • ‘The 38-year-old from Philadelphia has been called up with a week's notice after Australian Justin Rowsell cried off with a calf problem.’
    • ‘Every time that I was selected, I came down with an injury and had to cry off.’
    • ‘A cause for concern for Town Celtic came when regular keeper Declan O'Loughlin had to cry off injured.’
    • ‘An officer from Wiltshire County Council's road safety department was due to come and show the crossing patrol officer how to use it, but he cried off at the last moment.’
    • ‘Mr Cannon had been due to open the event, but cried off at the last minute after being offered two gigs in Spain.’
    • ‘Under pressure from Narbonne, he cried off Scotland's 2000 tour to New Zealand in order to finish the French season.’
    • ‘That said, Wimbledon won't be the same without Anna Kournikova who has cried off through injury.’
    • ‘However, it was a disappointment to find out that the visiting side had cried off at 11 am.’
    • ‘A good few who declared they would march in protest at the abomination cried off with a variety of weak excuses.’
    • ‘It may have been because he'd cried off the previous Scotland fixture - the last of the trial matches - with an injury.’
    • ‘Wicklow also had their problems when David Moran failed a fitness test while Michael O'Brien also cried off through injury.’
    • ‘Today I'm frantically trying to find a plasterer as the one we had booked has cried off.’
    • ‘Casey was selected for last Sunday's game against Donegal which Westmeath lost by two points but was forced to cry off and was replaced by Declan Murphy.’
    • ‘For the second week in a row Trojans Reserves found themselves without a game as their opposition cried off.’
    • ‘He suffered the injury at Halifax a fortnight ago, cried off ten minutes before kick-off last Saturday and isn't fit yet.’
    back out, pull out, cancel, withdraw, beg off, excuse oneself
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