crying shame, a

a crying shame

Something that 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
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crying shame, a

An unfortunate situation, as in It's a crying shame that Bob can't find a job. This term may well come from the now obsolete to cry shame upon, meaning "express vigorous disapproval or censure," current from about 1600 to the mid-1800s.
See also: crying
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