cry for

phrasal verb

cried for; crying for; cries for
: to need or require (something) very much
This problem is crying for a solution.
The old house is crying for a new coat of paint.

Examples of cry for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two weeks after a man named Winston Moseley stalked, raped and murdered her in Queens late at night in March 1964, a New York Times article reported that 38 of her neighbors had heard her cries for help, yet did nothing. Clyde Haberman, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 These words serve as a rallying cry for perseverance in the face of adversity. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 4 Apr. 2024 Though the Human Rights Campaign gala on Saturday night in Los Angeles contended with a brief interruption by protestors calling for a Gaza ceasefire, the annual stayed largely on course, serving as a rallying cry for Democratic candidates and the LGBTQ+ community. Rance Collins, Variety, 24 Mar. 2024 Screaming and cries for Jesus’ protection from those taking cover inside Freedom Life Church filled the building. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Mar. 2024 This is why Camarata’s cry for help should not go unanswered by city officials tasked with humanely taking care of disadvantaged people in need of shelter, food and health services. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 And the bill would allow a gun used in a homicide to be destroyed, a rallying cry for anti-violence advocates in Louisville in the aftermath of last year's Old National Bank shooting. Hannah Pinski, The Courier-Journal, 28 Mar. 2024 The plight of farmers has become a rallying cry for populists and conservatives who claim EU climate and farm policies are little more than bureaucratic bungling from elitist politicians who have lost any feeling for soil and land. Raf Casert, Fortune Europe, 27 Mar. 2024 The woman can be heard crying for help as others frantically try to assist. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024

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“Cry for.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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