shed crocodile tears

(redirected from weep 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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Do I have to weep crocodile tears to prove I'm not?
It is well known that the Labour group was severely split over stock transfer, but it is pretty shoddy of those who were prepared to sit on their hands and let it happen weep crocodile tears now.
It may be distasteful to see them weep crocodile tears, but chairman Lord Laming is right to call them - so they can explain how they got away with it for so long.