crocodile tears

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

Hypernyms: ↑hypocrisy, ↑lip service

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noun [plural]
: a false expression of sadness or regret about something

The company shed/cried crocodile tears for the workers who were laid off.

◇ The phrase crocodile tears comes from the belief that crocodiles make false sounds of distress to attract the animals that they kill and eat.

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ˈcrocodile tears idiom
if sb ↑sheds (= cries) crocodile tears, they pretend to be sad about sth, but they are not really sad at all

Let's have no more politicians shedding crocodile tears for the unemployed.

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