crying shame

crying shame

Fig. a very unfortunate situation; a real shame. It's a crying shame that people cannot afford adequate housing. That your father could not attend graduation was a crying shame.
See also: crying, shame
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For myself, I am old, and willing to take the fortune that the Lord may see fit to give, nor do I conceit that you are of much benefit to mankind; and it is a crying shame, if not a sin, that so fine a youth as this should lose his scalp for two beings so worthless as ourselves.
It's a crying shame that he has to appeal for help to pay for his health care.
Amazing history behind the language and it's a crying shame that people are happy to let it die out
But to even be in this situation - given their run earlier in the season - is unforgivable and a crying shame for the supporters.
The health club owner, who appeared on TV's Secret Millionaire, said: "Sporting facilities have been shut down and it's a crying shame.
If that is breached, we have an internal disciplinary It's crying shame process.
In the year when we commemorate the first of two world wars in which the British fought for liberty, freedom, justice and equality, it is a crying shame that UKIP has done so well elsewhere in the country.
To lose something that has been an integral part of the culture of the capital for well over a 100 years would be a crying shame.
Historically, we have a rotten record on voting in this country, and it would be a crying shame to see a government brought to power by a tiny minority of the people of the country who actually bothered to tick their box.
It's a crying shame - I love the club to bits," said Smith.
The funding has finally run out for the group, which, for a region that prides itself on its cultural identity, is a crying shame.
It's a crying shame when one of the most influential bands in history is cast aside for a flavour of the month musician.
He said: "It was a marvellous place and it is a crying shame how it was allowed to deteriorate and be so unceremoniously knocked down.
A far more important thing, which is a crying shame, is the book of remembrance which is sitting out of sight of the general public.
London, Nov 28 (ANI): Former England cricket captain Ian Botham has said that it was a crying shame to see his country's side canceling the two last ODIs in the wake of the Mumbai terror strikes.