cry for help
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- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see cry, for, help.
- We heard the drowning woman's cries for help and ran to assist.
- (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.