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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)

Examples

  • 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.”

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters

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