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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"This was no cry for help, as there was no evidence to back that up," he added.
She concluded that despite what happened she did not think it was suicide but rather a "cry for help."
In the 2010 interview he said: "Let's not forget, when somebody takes their own life, nine times out of 10, 99 times out of a hundred, a suicide attempt is a cry for help so they don't really mean to do it.
The woman added, "We could hear a faint cry for help and we began searching.
THE future of a doctor's surgery that cares for 4,000 patients is under threat as it faces losing PS52,000 worth of funding In a "cry for help" Dr Graham Thomas, one of two GPs working at the Corwen surgery, said that the practice may be forced to return to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board control unless it steps back from withdrawing a PS52,320 year rural support payment.
Summary: Suspects stabbed victim in his behind when he ran to balcony to cry for help, stole his belongings
Attempts to commit suicide are not attention seeking behavior but more of a cry for help.
It may have been a cry for help on your part, though if it was it was a most bizarre way of crying 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.
On the fourth death anniversary of the late pop singer, his best friend and godfather to his kids told the Lorraine show that he believes that Paris' alleged self-harming wasn't a very serious attempt, but it was a cry for help, the Mirror reported.
Devastated mum Linda Hollis, 69, said the crime was the catalyst for her autistic son's "cry for help".
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.