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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.
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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.
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SIR - It is a crying shame that Bleddyn Hancock and Leanne Wood AM have chosen to use the misery of others for political gain ("Plaid accuses Labour of letting down coal workers", Dec 2).
A far more important thing, which is a crying shame, is the book of remembrance which is sitting out of sight of the general public.
It is a crying shame that there always seem to be plenty of people prepared to be on-street canvassers to harass shoppers throughout the year, but not enough available to contribute to such a worthy cause as the annual Poppy Appeal.
It is a crying shame that the CSA has no effective strategies or powers to enforce payment.