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crocodile tears

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. An insincere display of grief; false tears.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of crocodile tear.
  • n. A display of tears that is forced or false.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. false or affected tears; hypocritical sorrow; -- derived from the fiction of old travelers, that crocodiles shed tears over their prey.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hypocritical display of sorrow; false or insincere weeping

Etymologies

From the belief that crocodiles weep either to lure a victim or when eating one.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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