from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A grossly sentimental story, drama, or performance.
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- n. A sad or emotionally charged film or other dramatic work, sometimes exceeding the limits of necessity and/or believability.
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- n. an excessively sentimental narrative
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That's pretty good for what some critics considered a mere "potboiler" or "tearjerker" -- but had it been just that, it wouldn't have had the impact that it had.
"tearjerker" genre - the thought of responding to a call to do another tearjerker story was very tough.
It's either a tearjerker or a comedy, but not both.
Her emotionally rich performance elevates what could have been an overly sentimental tearjerker into a top-notch drama.
Yes, he helped end another tearjerker of a season in which the Mets were favored to make it to the World Series.
Although there is much to admire in Anita, this film is no tearjerker.
But for politicians, there is really only one appropriate English classical tearjerker: Purcell's When I Am Laid in Earth.
While I hold no particular brief for the Stuart Rosenberg movie, which Pauline Kael dismissed as "a tearjerker for hip high-school students", the stage version cannot compete with it on one simple level: the evocation of a chain-gang's sufferings under a scorching Florida sun.
Some organizations promote anecdotal tearjerker stories to draw out donations.
The most incredible storyline involves everyone pretending that Drama's TV-movie tearjerker for CBS? about the trapped miners is somehow a hot property.