a crying need

a crying need

A critical need for someone or something. I decided to join the Red Cross because there is a crying need for medical workers in underdeveloped countries.
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crying need (for someone or something)

Fig. a definite or desperate need for someone or something. There is a crying need for someone to come in and straighten things out. All the people in that area have a crying need for a local hospital.
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a crying ˈneed (for something)

a great and urgent need for something: There’s a crying need for more roads, but at the same time the wildlife needs to be preserved.
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PHOENIX - With a crying need for a lefty in the bullpen and the uncertain health of reliever Mike Fetters, the Dodgers placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-hander Onan Masaoka after Tuesday's game with Arizona.