English Idiom – Not a dry eye in the house

Meaning – This expression is used to say that everyone (in a place) was emotional about something. Everyone in attendance (at some event or during a situation that occurred) was crying.

The term not a dry eye in the house is often used literally, but with exaggeration. It is possible that some people may have been crying in this situation, but usually not everyone.

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When could you use this idiom?

  • You are describing an emotional scene in a movie or play.
  • A colleague is making a shocking resignation speech that has upset the workforce.
  • Somebody has made an announcement about a tragic or emotional event.
  • A group of people have said goodbye to a friend who has recently passed away.
  • “His final speech was very emotional and heartfelt. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after he had finished.”
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What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.