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shed a tear

To cry or weep, especially from grief; to grieve or mourn in general. Everyone in the room was shedding tears by the end of the ceremony. Their relationship had soured so much over the years that John didn't shed a tear when he heard of his brother's death.
See also: shed, tear

shed (some) light upon (something)

To reveal information or details about something; to clarify or help people understand something. (A more formal version of "shed (some) light on something.") We've hired a private investigator to help shed light upon the clandestine dealings of the baron. These documents we've uncovered shed some light upon how the late author's final book was meant to end.
See also: light, shed, upon

get shut of someone or something

 and get shed of someone or something; get shet of someone or something
Rur. to get rid of someone or something. I can't wait to get shut of that old refrigerator. Tom followed me around for months, but I finally got shed of him.
See also: get, of, shut

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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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 (some) light on something

 and throw (some) light on something
Fig. to reveal something about something; to clarify something. (Also with any.) This discussion has shed some light on the problem. Let's see if Ann can throw any light on this question.
See also: light, on, shed

shed light on something

also throw light on something
to make something clearer Experts hope the plane's flight recorders will shed light on the cause of the crash. The latest study could throw light on why older people are the only ones affected.
Related vocabulary: put a spotlight on somebody/something
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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

shed/throw light on something

to help people understand a situation Thank you for shedding some light on what is really a very complicated subject.
See bring to light, hide light under a bushel, see the light, trip the light fantastic
See also: light, on, shed

shed blood

Also, spill blood. Wound or kill someone, especially violently. For example, It was a bitter fight but fortunately no blood was shed, or A great deal of blood has been spilled in this family feud. Both of these terms allude to causing blood to flow and fall on the ground. The first dates from the 1200s. The variant amplifies the verb spill, which from about 1300 to 1600 by itself meant "slay" or "kill"; it was first recorded about 1125.
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shed light on

Also, throw light on. Clarify or explain, as in I was hoping the professor would shed light on how he arrived at his theory, or Can anyone throw some light on where these plants came from? Originally, from about 1200, these expressions were used literally, in the sense of "illuminate," but they soon were used figuratively as well.
See also: light, on, shed

shed blood

1. To wound or kill in a violent manner.
2. To be wounded or killed: "For he today that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother" (Shakespeare).
See also: blood, shed

shed (someone's) blood

To wound someone or take someone's life, especially with violence.
See also: blood, shed
References in classic literature ?
The next morning the two boys went together to State Street and stood on the very spot where the first blood of the Revolution had been shed.
Just then there was a whistle in the air; nearer and nearer, faster and louder, louder and faster, a cannon ball, as if it had not finished saying what was necessary, thudded into the ground near the shed with super human force, throwing up a mass of earth.
And immediately Tushin, with a short pipe in the corner of his mouth and his kind, intelligent face rather pale, rushed out of the shed followed by the owner of the manly voice, a dashing infantry officer who hurried off to his company, buttoning up his coat as he ran.
As von Horn stepped into the campong his quick eye perceived the havoc that had been wrought with the roof at the east end of the shed.
said Nikita in answer to the low whinny with which he was greeted by the good-tempered, medium-sized bay stallion, with a rather slanting crupper, who stood alone in the shed.
Then he ran back to the shed pulling the playful young horse, who wanted to gambol all over the yard, by the rein.
By that time Nikita had put the collar and brass-studded belly-band on Mukhorty and, carrying a light, painted shaft-bow in one hand, was leading the horse with the other up to two sledges that stood in the shed.
When everything was nearly ready and only the reins had to be adjusted, Nikita sent the other man to the shed for some straw and to the barn for a drugget.
The snow swept down from a neighbouring shed and whirled about in the corner near the bath-house.
A raised platform of forest slabs, six feet wide, with a slight pitch, extended the full length of the shed.
A black stuck his head inside the shed door, saying, -
There are times when a man is to be pitied indeed, if he can shed no tears.
In the shed there were five horses in their separate stalls, and Vronsky knew that his chief rival, Gladiator, a very tall chestnut horse, had been brought there, and must be standing among them.
Raskolnikov came out of the shed on to the river bank, sat down on a heap of logs by the shed and began gazing at the wide deserted river.