She was so horrified, she stayed in her room, sobbing, had dinner delivered, took two bites, and slept like there was no tomorrow.
When Beatrice [Miller] got voted off and she was sobbing onstage, I wanted to cry.
Eric Jr. now helped his sobbing mother over to the front pew and his equally grief-stricken paternal grandmother, Gwendolyn Carr.
It took me a few minutes to register what was happening, but the next thing I remember, I was running to my parents and sobbing.
The “devoted husband” whose marital life was a bitter power struggle with a sobbing, desperate spouse.
I cannot get up—I cannot go,' was the answer, delivered with a burst of sobbing sorrow. '
Again came the cry, more gently, ending in a sort of sobbing monologue.
Of course you havent, dear, said Ruth, soothing the sobbing Dot.
She was crying bitterly, and sobbing as if her heart would break.
Cynthy Badlam was here yesterday crying and sobbing as if her heart would break about it.
c.1200, "to cry with short breaths," probably of imitative origin, related to Old English seofian "to lament," Old High German sufan "to draw breath," West Frisian sobje "to suck." Related: Sobbed; sobbing.
late 14c., from sob (v.). Sob story is from 1913. Sob sister "female journalist who writes sentimental stories or advice columns" is from 1912.
: The average man and woman in this country live a soap-opera existence
[1939+; fr the fact that in radio days such shows were typically sponsored by soap manufacturers]