crocodile tears

plural noun

Definition of crocodile tears

: false or affected tears also : hypocritical sorrow

Examples of crocodile tears in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If Joe Biden wins the election, which appears likely, prepare for a tsunami of crocodile tears about spending and the national debt from the GOP. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Republicans are going to try to drown the economy," 10 Sep. 2020 Through his crocodile tears, my little boy asks us yet again for one more chance. Sarah Evans, Longreads, "Addiction’s Seismic Effects on a Family," 10 Aug. 2020 The teen media mogul then took a pause to wipe her crocodile tears — with a $100 bill. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'Black-ish' star Marsai Martin, 15, reacts to critics of her looks during BET Awards: 'Let me live'," 30 June 2020 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

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First Known Use of crocodile tears

1563, in the meaning defined above

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“Crocodile tears.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crocodile%20tears. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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