shed crocodile tears

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shed crocodile tears

To display false, insincere, or hypocritical sadness or remorse. Derived from an ancient anecdote that a crocodile will weep to lure in its victims, or that it weeps as it eats them. Jessica shed crocodile tears over the expulsion of her rival, Jacob.
See also: crocodile, shed, tear

shed crocodile tears

 and cry crocodile tears
Fig. to shed false tears; to pretend that one is weeping. The child wasn't really hurt, but she shed crocodile tears anyway. He thought he could get his way if he cried crocodile tears.
See also: crocodile, shed, tear

shed crocodile tears

If someone sheds crocodile tears, they pretend to sympathize with or feel sadness about someone or something that they do not really care about. Our own government sheds crocodile tears over the loss of life whilst doing absolutely nothing to stop it. Note: Verbs such as weep and cry are sometimes used instead of shed. MPs who weep crocodile tears over the plight of those who earn £10,000 a year insist that they cannot manage on ten times that amount. While her family and friends weep, the politicians cry crocodile tears. Note: The phrase crocodile tears is used in other expressions with this meaning. She regards Washington's expressions of concern now as no more than crocodile tears. Note: There was an ancient belief that crocodiles sighed and groaned to attract their prey, and wept while they were eating it.
See also: crocodile, shed, tear
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Our Tory MPs vote in London for the same cuts and cry crocodile tears when home in their constituencies.
Truth be told, not too many Palestinians will cry crocodile tears over that outcome.
TORIES David Jones MP and Darren Millar AM cry crocodile tears over the new windfarm development at Clocaenog.
Hiring a stranger to cry crocodile tears at a loved one's funeral sounds completely pointless to me - and a tad insulting to their memory and tasteless to boot.
Instead they wave the white flag and cry crocodile tears as they lament the demise of public services.
Western democracies cry crocodile tears over human rights violations, but are belied by their failure to stop financing human rights violations in occupied Palestine.
It is disgraceful that other politicians cry crocodile tears or cheer on "our boys" when it suits, safe in the knowledge that their kids won't be on the front line.
It is disgraceful that other politicians cry crocodile tears or cheer on 'our boys', safe in the knowledge that their kids won't be on the frontline.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday that Hamas leaders should "watch their step, and not to cry crocodile tears if they force [Israel] to take action," adding that recent rocket fire from the Strip was not from Hamas, but from other groups which Hamas was failing to rein in.
Someone from New Orleans isn't likely to cry crocodile tears if you go on about Eugene's pothole problem or how much you miss Icky's Teahouse.
Bush, Tony Blair, and other Western leaders as they wring their hands and cry crocodile tears over Saddam's many victims.
Politicians may cry crocodile tears about deficit spending, but their actions demonstrate that they remain addicted to big government.
HAVING overseen mass murder in Iraq, it is nauseating to see Blair and Bush cry crocodile tears over the victims of the atrocities in London.
It is the workforce who have developed this brand and the success of this brewery and they now face their jobs being taken away while the owners cry crocodile tears.
And remember how he went on the Six-One news to cry crocodile tears and tell more lies to the nation about his sordid finances?