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    Default Spill your sorrows?

    Is this a correct sentence?:

    "We sat down at the bar and he started to spill his sorrows."

    Is "spill ones sorrows" a way of saying that one tells someone all about ones problems?

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    Default Re: Spill your sorrows?

    How about pour out his troubles?

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    Default Re: Spill your sorrows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about pour out his troubles?
    Ok, so "spill your sorrows" is not a "correct" saying?
    I get some hits on google but not enough to verify it..

    So, is it correct to say just "pour your troubles", without the "out"?
    (I'm writing song lyrics and it has to fit the rhythm of the melody:)

    Thank you for answering.

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    Default Re: Spill your sorrows?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielSWE View Post
    Ok, so "spill your sorrows" is not a "correct" saying?
    I get some hits on google but not enough to verify it..

    So, is it correct to say just "pour your troubles", without the "out"?
    (I'm writing song lyrics and it has to fit the rhythm of the melody:)

    Thank you for answering.
    No. "Pour your troubles" doesn't work.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Spill your sorrows?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielSWE View Post
    Ok, so "spill your sorrows" is not a "correct" saying?
    I get some hits on google but not enough to verify it..
    It's not a very common phrase, but people will understand it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielSWE View Post
    So, is it correct to say just "pour your troubles", without the "out"?
    (I'm writing song lyrics and it has to fit the rhythm of the melody
    You can get away with a lot in songs, and people add or remove words to fit tunes. It's not the correct way to say it, but it could work in the context of a song- people do far worse because of the requirements of the song.

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    Default Re: Spill your sorrows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's not a very common phrase, but people will understand it.



    You can get away with a lot in songs, and people add or remove words to fit tunes. It's not the correct way to say it, but it could work in the context of a song- people do far worse because of the requirements of the song.
    I know, but I'd like to avoid that as much as I possibly can.
    If you just put a little effort into it, there's always a way to make it work without being incorrect.
    So, is there any single word that would work in that sentence?
    "_____ your sorrows"

    If not, there might be some other four-syllables phrase that means the same thing (or close to)?

    Thank you for answering

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    Default Re: Spill your sorrows?

    You could use woes instead of troubles.

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