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sob story

n.
1. A tale of personal hardship or misfortune intended to arouse pity.
2. A maudlin plea given as an explanation or a rationalization.
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sob story

n
a tale of personal distress intended to arouse sympathy, esp one offered as an excuse or apology
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sob′ sto`ry


n.
1. an excessively sentimental human-interest story.
2. an alibi or excuse, esp. one designed to arouse sympathy.
[1915–20]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sob story - a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy
narration, narrative, story, tale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
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Translations
könnyzacskókra pályázó tévéjáték stb

sob story

n (fam, pej) → storia lacrimosa
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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