it's a crying shame

it's a crying shame

It 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

crying shame

Fig. a very unfortunate situation; a real shame. It's a crying shame that people cannot afford adequate housing. That your father could not attend graduation was a crying shame.
See also: crying, shame
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It's a crying shame it's been left to rot and decay."
David Hawkins I UNDERSTAND it but it's a crying shame for me and people like me.
I had some memorable nights in there and it's a crying shame to see yet another Cardiff pub go.
and it's a crying shame that he was reduced to doing voiceovers after the end of Barry Welsh.
It's a crying shame, then, when another country doesn't respect our culture.
"It's a crying shame - I love the club to bits," said Smith.
It's a crying shame for devoted fans who weren't able to get tickets.
It's a crying shame the Government could not keep its hands off money for the arts when it was seeking to fund its Olympic ambitions.
I also think it's a crying shame that it's so difficult to source fresh locally caught seafood in so much of the UK.
It's a crying shame and the powers that be should think again.
A clearly upset Gauntlett contacted the Racing Post yesterday to say: "It's a crying shame. He was such a great dog to own, and it's hard to accept he's gone.
IT'S a crying shame that Robbie Williams is still battling demons.
It's a crying shame and we should put a stop to it.
One said yesterday: "It's a crying shame. It's a case of history locked away."
And one of those involved, former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones, admits: "It's a crying shame".