Crocodile Tears

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False grief or fake tears to gain attention

Etymology:

  • It is a very old expression that was used by Romans initially. Crocodiles make wailing sounds to attract the attention of any prey. They make loud noise to attract the nearby prey, which came really close to investigate the cause of sounds. It was also supposed that crocodiles shed fake tears after or while consuming their prey. Shakespeare has used this term in his writings to reveal insincere sympathy by certain people.
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No one realized the degree of pain that Serena was going through; as everyone thought that she was shedding crocodile tears.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Crocodile Tears':

crocodile tearsA display of tears that is forced or false.
crocodile tearsPlural form of crocodile tear.
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முதலை கண்ணீர்

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