show pity

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Ah, if I could only make your dear heart ache one little minute of each day as mine does every day and all day long, it might lead you to show pity to your poor lonely one.
However, Sheriff Seith Ireland was in no mood to show pity and jailed Fish for his behaviour and reflect back on his previous convictions, which includes police assault.
For instance a criminal could be up in court for the umpteenth time, but because his girlfriend is pregnant or because he's vowed to kick drugs the judge will quite often show pity.
As the search for a hospital that would show pity on him continued through Sunday night, Murukan's condition deteriorated and he passed away by 6.
AMANDA Knox has been choking back tears left, right and centre all week in her latest attempt to show pity for the family of Meredith Kercher.
Teams like Cardiff, and any other for that matter, don't show pity.
Khamenehi said the American rulers not only show no mercy for the people of the Middle East, "they don't even show pity for their own people.
Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that the American claim of supporting nations has always been a deception and not only they exercise no mercy on people of (our) region, they don't even show pity for their own people, since at the time of the US economic crisis, the current American president poured thousands of billions of dollars of American people's money into the coffers of arms-making and oil corporations.
1 : to feel or show pity or care and understanding for <We sympathize with the family in its sorrow.
Afterward, Harmon said it was difficult to listen to stories like that and not show pity.
We don't want people to come away from a concert, exhibition or other event thinking 'great show pity it's such a scruffy city'