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a crying need

A critical need for someone or something. I decided to join the Red Cross because there is a crying need for medical workers in underdeveloped countries.
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crying need (for someone or something)

Fig. a definite or desperate need for someone or something. There is a crying need for someone to come in and straighten things out. All the people in that area have a crying need for a local hospital.
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a crying ˈneed (for something)

a great and urgent need for something: There’s a crying need for more roads, but at the same time the wildlife needs to be preserved.
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It was a time, according to a noticeable article in the "Pioneer," when the crying needs of the country might well counteract a reluctance to public action on the part of men whose minds had from long experience acquired breadth as well as concentration, decision of judgment as well as tolerance, dispassionateness as well as energy-- in fact, all those qualities which in the melancholy experience of mankind have been the least disposed to share lodgings.
Mr Rajwana said and added that research based quality education was the crying need of the hour.
And if the task has become heavier than they had bargained for, then, for Pete's sake, they should retire early and give way to younger magistrates to bring that Court up to speed with the crying need of the times.
At its outset, NOORo is an elegant achievement, because it helps answer the crying need for increased access to basic energy services for the citizens of Africa, at the same time that it breaks ground on low-carbon and sustainable energy use.
He also failed to understand the crying need for development from the voters and the fact that his party had failed to maintain law and order.
The JI acting Ameer said that complete unity of the Muslim world was the crying need of the hour.
Instead of meddling with qualifications and the curriculum, Welsh Labour should be looking at the crying need for a middle phase in the North Wales education system.
Expressing helplessness in handing down a stronger punishment, she said: "My conscience tells me that this is a crime which is required to be addressed differently and a full public debate with regard to imposition of castration (both surgical and chemical) for the offence of rape and molestation is the crying need of the hour.
It seemed as if, at long last, an American president had understood the crying need for action over regional problems and the terrible damage done by years of abuse and neglect.
Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story has garnered raves on the festival circuit for challenging the accepted values of selfishness wrapped up as "rugged individualism" and the crying need for communitarian values to play a role in corporations' behavior.
I thought of the crying need for some dramatic shifts in our priorities as a church "in the service of God's mission in the world.
McClaren (left) almost dare not recognise the crying need for a specialist holding midfielder.
Granted that this was Tuesday after a bank holiday, but where's the professionalism of the parks department that they cannot see the crying need for more and larger bins to be placed strategically around this park and, presumably, other parks as well?
It cannot have been easy to be a British Muslim during these troubled years and there have been times when the crying need for an authoritative Muslim voice was obvious to all Britons - Muslims or otherwise.