cry for help

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Noun[edit]

cry for help (plural cries for help)

  1. (idiomatic) Acting out as a means of displaying a subconscious desire for attention or help.
    • In her second year at the school Alexis stopped doing her homework and would often scribble on walls. Her teachers wondered whether this was a cry for help, or if she was simply misbehaving.