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
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