from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tale of personal hardship or misfortune intended to arouse pity.
- n. A maudlin plea given as an explanation or a rationalization.
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- n. A sad story, especially one intended to elicit sympathy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy
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I had the rodent down,, under my paw, when she began spieling out a sob story about a litter of munchkins at home.