a sob story

a sob story

a sad story that someone tells you about themselves in order to make you feel sympathy for them She told me some sob story about not having enough money to go and see her father who was ill.
See cry heart out
See also: sob, story
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She was filmed in floods of tears as she relayed a sob story about her own family.
But if a contestant's mother died of breast cancer when she was a little girl, that is hardly a sob story.
And if another contestant's wife died giving birth, that is hardly a sob story.
But that's exactly what voters are getting from Mayor Richard Riordan and the Los Angeles City Council - a sob story for suckers.
A sneak preview of tonight's show has leaked that there's a contestant with a sob story.