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- n. Acting out as a means of displaying a subconscious desire for attention or help.
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"Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and a splash in the water.
When Atalia sees him, she looks up at him -- no longer four, but that inexpressible age that all children have when they believe their lives have ended, that look they can give that is both a cry for help and a cry for comfort, and he reaches down, the way any parent would do, and scoops her into his arms.
Jan and Okke kicked against the panel of the door and let out a cry for help which echoed through the passage, but there was no sign of anyone coming to their rescue, though they listened for a long time.