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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