sob story

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sob story

A sad story told in an attempt to generate sympathy for the storyteller. Don't come in tomorrow without your final project. I don't want to hear any sob stories about how you forgot it at home.
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sob story

Fig. a sad story that is likely to draw tears. I've heard nothing but sob stories today. Isn't anybody happy? She had quite a sob story, and I listened to the whole thing.
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sob story

A tale of personal hardship, true or invented, that is intended to arouse pity in the listener. For example, She always came up with some sob story to excuse her absences, but no one believed her . [Early 1900s]
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sob story

n. a sad story that is likely to draw tears. I’ve heard nothing but sob stories today. Isn’t anybody happy?
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.