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be a crying shame

To be problematic and inopportune. It's a crying shame that the car just died—I planned to give it to you some day.
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be a crying ˈshame

(spoken) used to emphasize that you think something is extremely bad or shocking: It’s a crying shame to waste all that food.
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SIR - It is a crying shame that Bleddyn Hancock and Leanne Wood AM have chosen to use the misery of others for political gain ("Plaid accuses Labour of letting down coal workers", Dec 2).
It is a crying shame that the CSA has no effective strategies or powers to enforce payment.
It is a crying shame that there always seem to be plenty of people prepared to be on-street canvassers to harass shoppers throughout the year, but not enough available to contribute to such a worthy cause as the annual Poppy Appeal.
It is a crying shame for us to have a situation where children have a school across the street from their home and they have to be bused to another school,'' Hahn said.