a cry for help

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a cry for help

A conspicuous action, often characterized by aberrant behavior, that masks a conscious or subconscious need for help or attention. This young man's crime was not malevolently motivated; it was a cry for help that he did not know how to communicate.
See also: cry, help
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A person or people who attempts to commit suicide are not attention seeking behavior but more of a cry for help.
The court heard that the 30-year-old had called police himself and that the incident was a cry for help.
A FARMER believes he was "in the right place at the right time" when he heard a drowning fisherman's cry for help half a mile away.
People are speculating that this is a cry for help from Kristen to Rob.
GIRLS who turn to crime to escape sexual abuse or as a cry for help should be treated as child victims and not as criminals, campaigners said today.
A JOGGER was attacked on a beach after she was tricked into responding to a cry for help.
I HAD a bit of a moral dilemma this week, when asked whether I'd get involved with a very obvious cry for help on a social networking site.
Mr Owen, who lives in Blackpool, said: "I begged them to look after him, he was doing this as a cry for help and no one listened.
Mr Hunt told Teesside Crown Court yesterday: "Clearly it was a cry for help.
Hence, ``Shooting Sizemore'' emerges as something of a new breed of television: a cynical cry for help.
They said they believed their daughter's death was unplanned and may have been a cry for help which went tragically wrong.
He said of the later attempt: 'Maybe she was hoping this would be another cry for help, and she would be found.
A former car worker held up a building-society cashier at knifepoint in a desperate cry for help, a court heard.
Medical staff who treated him said he was pleased to have survived and they had treated it as a cry for help.
Don't make your equipment cry for help because of temperature swings.