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
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
دُموع التّمـاسيح
krokodýlí slzy
krokodilletårer
krokotiilinkyyneleet
krokodilkönnyek
hræsnistárkrókódílatárkrókódílstáruppgerðarhryggð
krokodilo ašaros
krokodyle łzy
lágrimas de crocodilo
krokodílie slzy
sahte gözyaşlarıyalancıktan ağlama

crocodile tears

npllacrime fpl di coccodrillo

crocodile

(ˈkrokədail) noun
a large reptile found in the rivers of Asia, Africa, South America and northern Australia.
crocodile tears
pretended tears of grief.
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Our Tory MPs vote in London for the same cuts and cry crocodile tears when home in their constituencies.
Some of them were sweating so much it was starting to wash off the crocodile tears of their sob stories.
IT seems ironic, to the point of hypocrisy in fact, that the USA and Britain should now be falling over themselves to provide food, water and medical supplies, not to mention military protection, to the several hundred Iraqi refugees endeavouring to escape from ISIS while all the tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Gaza apparently warrant is some pathetic tut-tutting and a few crocodile tears from Messrs Obama and Cameron while their ally Israel bombs them.
IT seems somewhat ironic, to the point of hypocrisy in fact, that the USA and Britain should now be falling over themselves to provide food, water and medical supplies, not to mention military protection, to the several hundred Iraqi refugees endeavouring to escape from ISIS in that country while all the tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Gaza apparently warrant is some pathetic 'tut-tutting' and a few crocodile tears from Messrs Obama and Cameron while their ally Israel bombs them back to the Stone Age.
Tears A SILENT tear is seldom seen and never heard But it can say more than any word A tear is often a private matter Not meant for chitter chatter Tears can express great sorrow and grief Are are rarely brief, A tear of happiness is a far different matter Who cares if on your cheeks a few tears splatter Men try hard to hide their tears Because of some old fashioned ideas Crocodile tears are what we should all fear Because as we know they can cost us dear.
After the ceremony, the groom enjoyed a first dance, holding his wife in his arms but there were no crocodile tears of happiness.
ISLAMABAD -- Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has castigates the Kashmiri pro-India leaders for shedding crocodile tears over the recent killing of a youth, Bashir Ahmad Butt, at Nawa Kadal in Srinagar, asking them to identify the killers if they have the guts.
I wonder how many of our Northern MPs will accept this excellent rise and how many will donate it to a Northern charity instead, since they are shedding crocodile tears about child poverty here.
Catching A Killer: Crocodile Tears C4, 10pm Docu about how a press conference during an investigation is often the moment murderers reveal themselves.
The crocodile tears of ministers did not disguise their culpability and they are brazen enough to seek credit for the philanthropic initiative that may yet underpin the future of arts in the city.
With such political moves, no one serious in the EU and NATO would believe the crocodile tears of Macedonia, namely that we are seriously trying to get a membership and only the injustice is the one holding us outside and preventing us from attaining our goal, Jovanovska concludes.
But don't play us for fools with the badge -k issing bull*** and the crocodile tears.