starve for

starve for (something)

To have an intense need or longing for something; to be deprived of something. You'd think the child was starved for attention from the way he screams and shouts around his parents. We've been starving for reliable staff at the hotel lately.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

starve for someone or something

Fig. to have a strong desire or need for someone or something. (Based on starved for some food.) I am starved for Jane. I miss her so! Claire was starved for affection.
See also: for, starve
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

starve for

v.
To cause someone or something to suffer from lack of something. Used in the passive: The dog was starved for attention.
See also: for, starve
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"Let them starve for a bit, surrender and then be put on trial," one regime paramilitary told Mr.