Also, cry out for; have a crying need for. Be in urgent need of, as in This wall cries for a second coat of paint, or This car is crying out for a good washing, or There is a crying need for order in this house. The figurative use of cry for, literally meaning “implore” or “weep for,” dates from the late 1500s, as does the use of crying for “demanding attention.” The first variant, alluding to actually shouting out one's needs or desires, dates from the second half of the 1800s.
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“He turned pale, trembled to a great degree, was much agitated, and began to cry,” she told the court.
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.
The girls send a cry for help…the situation of these girls is distressing.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages|Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
Both the Ramos sons squeezed their eyes and lowered their heads, doing their best not to cry.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do not the widow's tears run down the cheek, and her cry against him that causeth them to fall?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
At Felipe's cry, the women waiting in the hall hurried in, wailing aloud as their first glance showed them all was over.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
I could have sworn I heard a cry, and one of my men spoke in a tone that assured me my imagination had not been playing a trick.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
A sob rose in her throat, and broke from her lips transformed into a trembling, sharp, glad cry.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Antirosa had decided it was better to let the children "have their cry out," and the boy had gone to school.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling