American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An insincere display of grief; false tears.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. false or affected tears; hypocritical sorrow; -- derived from the fiction of old travelers, that crocodiles shed tears over their prey.
- n. a hypocritical display of sorrow; false or insincere weeping
- From the belief that crocodiles weep either to lure a victim or when eating one. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Gary stood in his baby bed, one hand on the rail, crocodile tears rolling down his cheeks, his other hand reaching and grabbing toward the doorway, gesturing and crying, “’ont sausage.””
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