be a crying shame

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.
See also: crying, shame

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.
See also: crying, shame
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To lose something that has been an integral part of the culture of the capital for well over a 100 years would be a crying shame.
It would be a crying shame if regular folk lost their jobs because of this.
Wouldn't it be a crying shame if this event had to be cancelled?
"Your honour, my client recently bought a one-way ticket to Colombia and it would be a crying shame if he was unable to use it because he's serving a life sentence."