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1. A tale of personal hardship or misfortune intended to arouse pity.
2. A maudlin plea given as an explanation or a rationalization.
a tale of personal distress intended to arouse sympathy, esp one offered as an excuse or apology
1. an excessively sentimental human-interest story.
2. an alibi or excuse, esp. one designed to arouse sympathy.
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|Noun||1.||sob story - a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy|