crocodile tears


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crocodile tears

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

[From the belief that crocodiles weep either to lure a victim or when eating one.]

crocodile tears

pl n
1. an insincere show of grief; false tears
[from the belief that crocodiles wept over their prey to lure further victims]

croc′odile tears`


n.pl.
tears that are not real; a hypocritical show of grief.
[1555–65]

crocodile tears

An insincere display of grief or sympathy; from the old idea that a crocodile wept to lure victims.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crocodile tears - a hypocritical display of sorrow; false or insincere weeping; "the secretaries wept crocodile tears over the manager's dilemma"; "politicians shed crocodile tears over the plight of the unemployed"
hypocrisy, lip service - an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
Translations

crocodile tears

npllacrime fpl di coccodrillo
References in classic literature ?
Any remorse that he says he has shown is crocodile tears FREDERICK POWELL PROSECUTING CAPTION(S): ROAD RAGE Usman Yasin
Rather than crying crocodile tears over such schemes, what he and the Government should be doing is making it illegal for British subjects and corporations to use offshore banking arrangements.
Next time the TOWIE lot start crying crocodile tears, they'd do well to follow Elizabeth's lead and just get on with it.