not shed a tear

not shed a tear

Fig. not to show any emotion even when something is very sad. At his uncle's funeral, he didn't shed a tear. They never got along.
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It seemed to her a terrible thing that she could not shed a tear for Matthew, whom she had loved so much and who had been so kind to her, Matthew who had walked with her last evening at sunset and was now lying in the dim room below with that awful peace on his brow.
Clare did not shed a tear," she said; "he didn't sympathize with her; it was perfectly wonderful to think how hard-hearted and unfeeling he was, when he must know how she suffered.
The cardinal being dead, he will fret; very well, that is the least silly thing he will do, particularly if he does not shed a tear.
The learned gentleman who weeps by the pint on the smallest provocation has not shed a tear these six weeks.
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