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crocodile tears

A false, insincere, or hypocritical display of 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. The prime minister's crocodile tears belie the government's involvement with the massacre of its citizens. Jessica shed crocodile tears over the expulsion of her rival, Jacob.
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crocodile tears

An insincere display of grief, as in When the play's star broke her leg, her understudy wept crocodile tears. This term comes from the mistaken notion that crocodiles weep while eating their prey, one held in ancient Roman times. The actual term was picked up by Shakespeare and many other writers after him, and remains current. [Late 1500s]
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crocodile tears

a display of insincere grief.
This expression draws on the ancient belief that crocodiles wept while luring or devouring their prey.
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ˈcrocodile tears

an insincere show of sadness: They never visited her when she was ill, but they came to her funeral and shed (= cried) a few crocodile tears.In the past, people believed that crocodiles trick people into approaching them by pretending to cry, and then eat them. Another belief was that crocodiles cry after eating somebody as if they are sorry.
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crocodile tears

False or hypocritical displays of emotions. A 14th-century adventurer named Sir John Mandeville reported that crocodiles attract their prey's sympathy by weeping and then continued to cry while consuming their victims. Shakespeare referred to such a belief in Othello: “O devil, devil! If that the earth could teem with woman's tears, / Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile.” An alternate explanation is that since those reptiles cannot cry, then crocodile tears are nonexistent shows of emotion. However, and for what's it's worth, zoologists tell us that crocodiles do in fact have functional tear ducts, although with no emotional connection.
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Add to this the fact that Chris stood for Parliament on behalf of the Monster Raving Loony Party and you may start to get the picture that Crocodile Tears are wacky.
To shed crocodile tears is to display false, insincere, or hypocritical sadness or remorse.
They shed crocodile tears when told they aren't going to manage people.
Now that they are forced to confront the consequences of their complicity, we see grand gestures and crocodile tears coming from these liberals.
Summary: Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 19 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Friday hit out at Congress party and its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra regarding the Sonbhadra firing incident, saying the party was shedding "crocodile tears".
So, when Theresa May got up at PMQs this week to express her concern about the most recent victims, she stands accused of crocodile tears. If she was concerned about the epidemic, she would not have tried to evade responsibility by pretending cuts in police numbers have no relationship to rising levels of violent crime.
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday told the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop shedding crocodile tears and provide answers to urgent questions surrounding the abduction of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state.
A TORY MP has been accused of shedding "crocodile tears" after hearing stories of desperate Merseyside families left destitute by the benefits system.
Tears A SILENT tear is seldom seen and never heard But it can say more than any word A tear is often a private matter Not meant for chitter chatter Tears can express great sorrow and grief Are are rarely brief, A tear of happiness is a far different matter Who cares if on your cheeks a few tears splatter Men try hard to hide their tears Because of some old fashioned ideas Crocodile tears are what we should all fear Because as we know they can cost us dear.
But, in the meantime, perhaps he would do well to shut up as people can see right through him and the floods of crocodile tears.
I wonder how many of our Northern MPs will accept this excellent rise and how many will donate it to a Northern charity instead, since they are shedding crocodile tears about child poverty here.
They are not the first caught and no doubt not the last, but crocodile tears are no good now.
'Crocodile tears' which means 'hypocritical sorrow' refers to the liquid coming from a crocodile's eyes when consuming it's prey.
Rather than crying crocodile tears over such schemes, what he and the Government should be doing is making it illegal for British subjects and corporations to use offshore banking arrangements.