sob story


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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.

sob story

n
a tale of personal distress intended to arouse sympathy, esp one offered as an excuse or apology

sob′ sto`ry


n.
1. an excessively sentimental human-interest story.
2. an alibi or excuse, esp. one designed to arouse sympathy.
[1915–20]
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"
Translations
könnyzacskókra pályázó tévéjáték stb

sob story

n (fam, pej) → storia lacrimosa
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And yes when caught a slap on the wrist because of some sob story read out by their solicitor.
From there, Franklin fabricated sob story after sob story in an attempt to wring ever more cash from the OAP.
The scene had been a good "sob story," which would perhaps make it on air.
The first few times your resident is late with the rent, I guarantee that you are going to get some kind of sob story. Of course, being the nice person that you are, you will want to let them slide a bit.
Ahead of The X Factor's return on Saturday, Simon said: "I'm not interested in a sob story, I mean seriously, I'm just so over them."
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Add the all-important sob story and he has to be a dead cert to reach the final.
Every contestant -- ranging from a modest school teacher in Bihar to a constable in Chhattisgarh -- had a sob story to narrate as Big B patiently heard them out before marvelling at the person's resilience.