shed crocodile tears

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/weep crocodile tears

to show sadness that is not sincere
Usage notes: Some stories say that crocodiles cry while they are eating what they have attacked.
Political leaders shed crocodile tears while allowing the war to continue.
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.