shed crocodile tears

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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Wear your poppy with pride for them, but please don't shed crocodile tears for The Fallen because you might as well weep for Waterloo.
Redcar and Cleveland Council will claim that they want to do the best for the unemployed steel industry workers in their constituency but I predict that the council will do nothing towards building the road and will merely shed crocodile tears for these desperate people, despite their protestations to the contrary claiming a whole host of reasons why it cannot be done.
Rivals and opponents will not shed crocodile tears.
GLOBE PHOTO By Gazi Hassan Last week, one of the leaders of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Duran Kalkan, on (Med News) channel, called for dividing the Kurdistan Region into several pieces; shed crocodile tears for Ezidie Kurds; and attacked a certain official political party.
They are happily living in the comforts of their huge mansions and shed crocodile tears every now and then during press conferences and television appearances.
Beirut: Wily politicians shed crocodile tears as they cast a fast vote to repeat their 2013 feat for the second time in as many years.
Muftis and Abdullahs have no right to shed crocodile tears over a statement of a minister of state in the PMO.
Alla said some of the very same countries that shed crocodile tears over Syrians are directly contributing to supporting terrorist groups that are responsible for emerging humanitarian issues in the first place, with the US, Britain and France giving excuses for doing this under humanitarian pretenses by claiming to give terrorists "non-lethal" aid or "life-saving" aid while actually providing aid of military nature, all of which violates international laws that prohibit humanitarian aid from containing weapons or any supplies that can be used to cause grievous harm or death.
Mick and Mairead >Philpott shed crocodile tears at a press conference after the fire that killed six of their children
Many of those who now shed crocodile tears on Mandela's death, said during the apartheid regime that we were fighting a lost cause.
The funniest part is that they have helped several foreign countries let loose false propaganda against Bahrain and shed crocodile tears, crying over 'human rights' violations.
It would be highly hypocritical for Labour politicians to shed crocodile tears during the strike: they sat on their hands as the sell-off was arranged.
Instead, the same people who couldn't stop talking about Iraq in 2002-2003 now can't stop talking about Syria - feigning concern over the plight of Syrians in the same way they shed crocodile tears over Iraqis in early 2003.
She should not shed crocodile tears and she should not blemish the image of Karnataka," said Kumar.
Sheridan said: "What's most sincere for us is to condemn her and remember her victims, rather than shed crocodile tears over her death.