crocodile tears, crying/to cry

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crocodile tears, crying/to cry

Pretended grief; hypocritical sorrow. The term comes from an ancient myth that a crocodile weeps while eating its prey. It was quoted by the English traveler Sir John Mandeville in 1400 but was already current far earlier, in Roman times. Indeed, the writer Spartianus, in his Lives of the Emperors (ca. a.d. 300), said that the Emperor Caracalla shed crocodile tears at the death of some of his enemies. The term was picked up by Shakespeare, Sir Francis Bacon, and numerous other writers, and was a cliché by the time Tennyson wrote, “Crocodiles wept tears for thee” (“A Dirge,” 1830).
See also: crocodile, cry, crying
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Tragically, Syria has emerged as a battlefield for proxy conflicts serving not the Syrian people but the competing geopolitical interests of major powers whose emissaries cry crocodile tears in the UN for the plight of Syrian children.
Today, when Jerusalem is becoming more Jewish, they cry crocodile tears.
It is not enough to cry crocodile tears and appeal to the Gods when our people are being slaughtered on the roads.
While the Conservatives cry crocodile tears about a "Nat Tax", Labour say the Government haven't gone far enough.
Our Tory MPs vote in London for the same cuts and cry crocodile tears when home in their constituencies.
Truth be told, not too many Palestinians will cry crocodile tears over that outcome.
TORIES David Jones MP and Darren Millar AM cry crocodile tears over the new windfarm development at Clocaenog.
Hiring a stranger to cry crocodile tears at a loved one's funeral sounds completely pointless to me - and a tad insulting to their memory and tasteless to boot.
Instead they wave the white flag and cry crocodile tears as they lament the demise of public services.
Western democracies cry crocodile tears over human rights violations, but are belied by their failure to stop financing human rights violations in occupied Palestine.
It is disgraceful that other politicians cry crocodile tears or cheer on "our boys" when it suits, safe in the knowledge that their kids won't be on the front line.
It is disgraceful that other politicians cry crocodile tears or cheer on 'our boys', safe in the knowledge that their kids won't be on the frontline.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday that Hamas leaders should "watch their step, and not to cry crocodile tears if they force [Israel] to take action," adding that recent rocket fire from the Strip was not from Hamas, but from other groups which Hamas was failing to rein in.
Someone from New Orleans isn't likely to cry crocodile tears if you go on about Eugene's pothole problem or how much you miss Icky's Teahouse.
Bush, Tony Blair, and other Western leaders as they wring their hands and cry crocodile tears over Saddam's many victims.