it's a crying shame

it's a crying shame

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it is a great misfortune It's a crying shame when someone has worked hard and then loses everything because of someone else's dishonesty.
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.
Or Toffan, co-owner Trudy McCaffery and trainer Paco Gonzalez are innocent and it's a crying shame their biggest victory is tarnished.