In Reply to: It will all end in tears posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 17, 2008 at 19:20:
: : Can someone please tell me, what is the origin of 'It will all end in tears'...? Thank you.
: It's just something mothers, grannies and nannies say when children start a game or other ploy that's bound to end with somebody blubbering. Simple as that. (My mother, from SE England, used to say "It'll end in a cry...") (VSD)
"There'll be tears before bed time" was my family's preferred version.