it's a crying shame

it's a crying shame

It is problematic and inopportune. It's a crying shame that the car just died—I planned to give it to you some day.
See also: 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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It's a crying shame the Government could not keep its hands off money for the arts when it was seeking to fund its Olympic ambitions.
It's a crying shame - I think it's vital to maintain the past as a city progresses.
When so much is happening on the publishing scene in both languages it's a crying shame that the capital of Wales cannot supply one shop specialising in books about and from Wales.