not shed a tear

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not shed a tear

To not cry or else demonstrate any emotional reaction to some sad event or situation. My father hasn't shed so much as a tear for as long as I can remember, but I saw his eyes well up when our dog Spot had to be put down. To be honest, I've always hated her guts. Now that she's gone, I'm not exactly shedding any tears.
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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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So excuse me if I don't shed a tear at our Cup exit this term.
Away in a crack den, Just barely alive There's Pete in his trilby Amy with her beehive The stars in their torn clothes Look trampish today But don't shed a tear It's their bohemian way The stray cats are purring The poor Petey wakes He looks for his crack pipe To get rid of the shakes "I love thee, sweet crack pipe You get me so high So stay by my side, To kiss brain cells good-bye Be near me, sweet crack pipe I ask thee to stay Close by me forever To puff whole days away Bless all the dear crack pipes Be they little or small You take me to heaven Where I spliff-up a ball!
So forgive me if I don't shed a tear for his current predicament because he's bought it on himself.
Dr Rick Jolly, the surgeon commander who set up the Ajax Bay field hospital and treated the wounded from both sides during the war, said: "I don't shed a tear for him at all.
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