AE 443 – Expression: There Wasn’t a Dry Eye in the House

Learn Australian English in this expression episode of the Aussie English Podcast where I teach you how to use the expression THERE WASN’T A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE like a native English speaker!

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AE 443 – Expression: There Wasn’t a Dry Eye in The House

G’day, you mob. How’s it going? And welcome to this episode of Aussie English.

So, today’s episode is a little bit different, guys. I thought that I would skip the intro scene and just have a bit of a chat to you guys, tell you what I’ve been up to, give you the downlow, give you that deets, give you their gossip. So, obviously, I’ve been doing quite a few of vlogs recently, guys. You will have seen this if you’ve been following me on YouTube, and I hope you’ve been enjoying these vlogs are I get to show you a bit about my life, the food I eat, the places I go, my surroundings, you know? So, the aim with these vlogs is to teach you Australian English whilst also showing you a bit about my life. And interestingly, these seem to be the videos that people like the most, you know? I was always expecting that you would prefer, I don’t know, different kinds of videos on YouTube like interview episodes or some of those on the Aussie English TV episodes, but it seems like you guys are really responding well to the vlogs and I think they’re the content I really most enjoy making so I keep doing my thing with those vlogs, and I did some really cool stuff recently that will be coming out including going to… What was it again? The pumpkin fete. Although the pumpkin fair out in a tiny town called Collector in New South Wales. So, this town has, like, a population of about 300 people, usually, and once a year they have this huge festival of pumpkins. So, they’re selling pumpkins, they have a competition with the largest pumpkin, and you can go to this festival, you can get on rides, you can eat different kinds of food.

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Anyway, let’s get into today’s episode, guys. This one is “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”. Okay? And this this expression came from Emma who voted on this one, or who suggested this one, in the Aussie English Classroom. So great job, Emma.

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Alright. So, today’s joke, guys. Today’s joke. What type of Australian marsupial can jump higher than a house? What kind of Australian marsupial can jump higher than a house? Any of them, because a house can’t jump! Do you get it? A house can’t jump. Therefore, any Australian marsupial can jump higher than a house.


Alright, so as I mentioned guys, today’s expression is “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house”.

Let’s go through the definitions of the different words in this expression and it’s a bit of a long one.

So, I mean I’m sure you guys know what “there” is and how it’s used. It means in, at, or to a certain place or position.


“Dry”. “Dry” is not wet or moist. So, it’s free of moisture or liquid. If something is dry it is not wet, it is not covered in a liquid of some kind. So, for instance, a desert is the epitome of dryness. It is where there is absolutely no moisture or, at least, very little.

“An eye”. I’m sure you guys know what “an eye” is. It is one of the two spherical organs that you have in your head, in your face, that you see with. That is “an eye”. Okay? “An eye”.

And “a house”. “A house” I’m sure you know as a dwelling that people live in, you know? I’m currently inside of my house. But it can be used for other things too. So, it can be used for different establishments, different buildings. So, for instance, a restaurant, an inn, a brothel, a theatre, and a cinema are all different establishments that can often be referred to as “the house” if you’re in these establishments.

And in the case of today’s expression, though, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”, they’re talking about some kind of building like a church or a theatre, usually a building where you’re going to have a crowd of people watching an event. So, for instance, a wedding in a church or maybe in a town hall as well, or it could be some theatre production, a play, an opera inside of an opera house or inside of a theatre. So, that’s the basic idea there with those words, guys.

Expression Definition:

The expression “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house”. I wonder if you guys have heard this before, and I wonder if you know what it means. If someone says that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, it means that the people that were watching a certain event all felt very emotional about this event that they had seen or that they had heard and that many, if not all, were crying. So, it was such an emotional event, everyone was in tears, everyone was crying, and therefore their eyes were wet, their eyes were moist, their eyes were not dry.


So, let’s go through three examples, guys. Let’s go through three examples. And I’ve sort of fleshed these examples out, I have tried to add a bit of story to them, because these examples will be today’s listening comprehension study inside the Aussie English Classroom, guys. So, when you’re in there, this is when you’ll be tested on your listening comprehension, you’ll get to complete the quiz with all of the questions on this section. So, I’ve tried to add a lot of content and a lot of little different aspects, bits and pieces, into these three examples.

So, three examples on how to use the expression “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”.


So, example number one. I’m going to an opera or a play somewhere and it’s an incredibly sad one, and maybe I’m taking my best mate James, and we’ve decided to fly up to Sydney to go to the Sydney Opera House for the weekend. So, we fly up to Sydney for the weekend and we want to see this play, and it’s a play by Shakespeare. Maybe it is Romeo and Juliet. I think that’s probably the saddest Shakespearean play that I know. So, that’s where the two lovers are from separate families that hate each other. These guys fall in love and they end up committing suicide in a very tragic scene at the very end of this play you know. Spoiler alert! Sorry, if anyone hasn’t seen this. So, you imagine we go and see this play. The scene comes up where Romeo finds his love dead, at least he thinks she’s dead. He drinks some poison, because he wants to die with her. She wakes up as he’s dying, and then she commits suicide. It’s an incredibly emotional and tear-jerking scene. So, you would imagine when this scene occurs, there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house. Everyone would be in tears, everyone would be crying, everyone would be brought to tears by the sad ending. So, there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house.


Alright, example number two. Maybe you are at a relative’s wedding. So, you’ve got a niece and she’s about to get married to some guy that she met at a university. Maybe he was in a uni course or maybe she met him out at a pub or something whilst partying in uni. That tends to be something a lot of uni students do. So, the big day rolls around and you head to the wedding, and there’s a beautiful ceremony. The chairs are all set up. They’re white. There’s an arch under which the couple are going to get married that’s full of flowers. All of your friends and family arrive. You guys take a seat. The music starts to play, you know? Quite often they’ll have things like a quartet, a string quartet. So, you’ll have like violins and other stringed instruments that I can’t think of playing together. And so, the music starts. You see your niece being brought down the aisle. Her father is walking her down the aisle to the groom. So, she is going to get married to the guy at the end of the aisle. She looks so beautiful in her white wedding dress that she begins to cry. And as a result of her crying her father begins to cry. And then, as the crowd sees these two breaking down in tears everyone else starts to cry. So, as a result, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. And, ironically, even if this is outside, right, so your… you could be in an open field, you could probably still use this expression that there isn’t a dry eye in the house, because it doesn’t have to literally be within a house, right, within a building.


So, example number three. Alright, the final example, guys. You are in a hospital and you’re there with your wife, and your wife is pregnant, she is in the midst of giving birth to your child, she’s in labor, and your child’s going to be a beautiful baby girl. So, your whole family has gotten together. Maybe some of them have come from interstate. You know? They’ve flown to Victoria from Queensland or from Western Australia. Some have even flown from overseas. You know? Imagine they came from Brazil or America or France, and they’re all there to celebrate this amazing event. Your first child on this day. So, they’re waiting outside the room. You’re inside with your wife as she successfully gives birth to your beautiful baby girl. You get to cut the umbilical cord as your family come in to meet the latest member of their family, and everyone begins to cry. Everyone is incredibly emotional. They are incredibly excited, they’re happy, they’re proud. Everyone starts to cry. And so, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. When your daughter was born, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Everyone was in tears. Everyone was incredibly happy and emotional.

So, there you go, guys. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It’s used to mean that all people at a particular place or event feel incredibly emotional about something that they’ve seen or heard and that they’ve begun to cry. So, effectively, there’s an audience watching something and everyone is in tears. That is what “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house” means.

So, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise, guys. This is your chance to practice your pronunciation, to practice saying the words in this expression, in this sentence. So, you know how first I tend to say it word by word to try and help you focus on connected speech. And then after that, we use it in a sentence and conjugate through the different pronouns. Listen and repeat after me and if you’re practising your Aussie accent, pay attention to how I say things, and if you’re just practising your English accent in general, ignore my accent and just use it as a chance to practice yourself saying these words. Okay? So, let’s go.

Listen & Repeat Exercise:


There was

There wasn’t

There wasn’t a

There wasn’t a dry

There wasn’t a dry eye

There wasn’t a dry eye in

There wasn’t a dry eye in the

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house x 5

Good job. Now we’ll go through the different pronouns and we’ll conjugate through the sentence, “I didn’t see a dry eye in the house”. Okay? We’ll go through each different pronoun. Let’s go.

I didn’t see a dry eye in the house

You didn’t see a dry eye in the house

He didn’t see a dry eye in the house

She didn’t see a dry eye in the house

We didn’t see a dry eye in the house

They didn’t see a dry eye in the house

It didn’t see a dry eye in the house

Amazing job, guys. Remember to repeat those exercises. Pronunciation is the kind of thing you have to continually practice, you know? It’s kind of like going to the gym. You can go to the gym for three months, you can get incredibly fit, but the moment you stop going to the gym your fitness starts to wane, it starts to reduce, right? It may not be rapid it, but eventually, it reduces more and more and more, slowly, gradually over time. And it’s the same with pronunciation. You might get really good at pronouncing things in English, because you practice a lot, but the moment you stop focusing on pronunciation, at least a little bit, you know, doing a little bit every day, it can begin to taper off, it can begin to reduce, and I’ve found this when speaking French, when speaking Portuguese. The more I do it, the more consistent, I am the better I am. But if I take a little break and I stop practicing, it tends to drop off.

So, remember guys, if you want to focus on the content in today’s episode, if you want to focus on more of the expressions that I have used, the interesting vocab that I have used, and the connected speech and pronunciation in this episode’s exercise that I’ve used, sign up to the Aussie English Classroom, guys. It’s a dollar for your first month. You get 30 days to get in there and use all of the content that you would like for one dollar. The reason I do that is because I want you guys to have a chance to enjoy the Aussie English Classroom as much as possible, you know, and really get to see if it is for you.

Today, I think you will really enjoy the pronunciation exercise, because there’s a lot of different things going on in there. Like stop consonants, there’s silent T’s after words like “wasn’t” and “didn’t”. There’s a whole heap of good stuff that I will break down in the video, but I’m going to leave that for the Classroom, and I will hopefully see you guys in there.

Anyway, it’s about 11:30 a.m. and I am starting to get a bit of a hankering on for a coffee. I’m really… I am eagerly awaiting my walk to the shops, getting out of the house, doing my 10,000 steps, going for a bit of a walk, being active, and getting my coffee, my little reward at the end of my exercise, and I’m still debating whether or not to take the dogs for a walk with me, though they tend to poo everywhere and I just can’t be bothered dealing with that.

Again, thank you so much for your understanding and for all of the really warm and supportive feedback that I got with regards to changing the website and bringing through the paid membership for the transcripts. You guys sent me an overwhelmingly positive set of feedback via email and I just want to give you all a massive thanks. I really, really appreciate it and I appreciate the fact that you guys appreciate what I do here.

Anyway guys, I’m going to bugger off. I’ll chat to you soon and I hope you have a freakin’ amazing day. See you, guys.

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