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Definition of crying adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

crying

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈkraɪɪŋ//
 
[only before noun]
 
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Idioms
be a crying shame (informal)
 
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used to emphasize that you think something is extremely bad or shocking It's a crying shame to waste all that food.
a crying need (for something)
 
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a great and urgent need for something There is a crying need for more funds.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: crying