crocodile tears

plural noun

Definition of crocodile tears 

: false or affected tears also : hypocritical sorrow

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Some of the guys think these are crocodile tears—and Jordan even calls into question Lincoln's accent. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "'The Bachelorette' Season 14 Episode 2 Recap: So Many Good Arie Luyendyk Jr. Burns," 4 June 2018 In a particularly dark October 1993 sketch, Saturday Night Live imitated their smoothly flat voices and the way their faces would crumple into crocodile tears. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Menendez Murders," 26 Sep. 2017 In a particularly dark October 1993 sketch, Saturday Night Live imitated their smoothly flat voices and the way their faces would crumple into crocodile tears. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Menendez Murders," 26 Sep. 2017 In a particularly dark October 1993 sketch, Saturday Night Live imitated their smoothly flat voices and the way their faces would crumple into crocodile tears. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Menendez Murders," 26 Sep. 2017 In a particularly dark October 1993 sketch, Saturday Night Live imitated their smoothly flat voices and the way their faces would crumple into crocodile tears. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Menendez Murders," 26 Sep. 2017 In a particularly dark October 1993 sketch, Saturday Night Live imitated their smoothly flat voices and the way their faces would crumple into crocodile tears. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Menendez Murders," 26 Sep. 2017 According to The Guardian, Momberg shed crocodile tears as the judge read the sentence, finding her guilty on four counts. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "White South African Woman to Spend 2 Years in Prison for Yelling Racial Slurs at Black Officer," 28 Mar. 2018 In a particularly dark October 1993 sketch, Saturday Night Live imitated their smoothly flat voices and the way their faces would crumple into crocodile tears. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Menendez Murders," 26 Sep. 2017

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1563, in the meaning defined above

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crocodile tears

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crocodile tears

: a false expression of sadness or regret about something

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