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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.
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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.
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shed (some) light on (something)

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

shed crocodile tears

To display false, insincere, or hypocritical 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. Jessica shed crocodile tears over the expulsion of her rival, Jacob.
See also: crocodile, shed, tear

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.
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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.
See also: blood, shed

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.
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blood is shed

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blood is spilled

LITERARY
COMMON
1. If blood is shed or blood is spilled, people are killed in fighting. So much blood has been shed in this conflict. Angry words have passed between both sides, but so far no blood had been spilt.
2. If blood is shed or blood is spilled when change happens, suffering or trouble is caused. A good deal of political blood was spilled over the deficit reduction package.
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shed crocodile tears

If someone sheds crocodile tears, they pretend to sympathize with or feel sadness about someone or something that they do not really care about. Our own government sheds crocodile tears over the loss of life whilst doing absolutely nothing to stop it. Note: Verbs such as weep and cry are sometimes used instead of shed. MPs who weep crocodile tears over the plight of those who earn £10,000 a year insist that they cannot manage on ten times that amount. While her family and friends weep, the politicians cry crocodile tears. Note: The phrase crocodile tears is used in other expressions with this meaning. She regards Washington's expressions of concern now as no more than crocodile tears. Note: There was an ancient belief that crocodiles sighed and groaned to attract their prey, and wept while they were eating it.
See also: crocodile, shed, tear

shed light on something

If something sheds light on a situation, it makes it easier to understand. Is there anything that Moira said that might shed some light on what happened? Note: Cast or throw are sometimes used instead of shed. Perhaps the brothers could cast light on that mystery.
See also: light, on, shed, something

cast/shed/throw (new) ˈlight on something

make a problem, etc. easier to understand: This book sheds new light on the role of the CIA.‘Can you throw any light on the matter?’
See also: cast, light, on, shed, something, throw

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 ?
Then he sprang to his feet, snatched up his gun in one hand and the tin of corned beef in the other, and fled round the shed to the other side of the clearing.
He went round the refreshment shed without finding any one, and then through the trees towards the flying-machine.
He made three strides across the devastated area, captured the kitten neatly, and went his way towards the shed, with her purring loudly on his shoulder.
For a time he fussed about the shed, and at last discovered the rest of the provisions hidden in the roof.
The warning comes as opportunist thieves are taking advantage of unlocked sheds in thelighter nights.
A shed might be a bolthole for a budding author, an office for a home-worker or a playroom for the kids.
Because it's separate from the main house, it has the added bonus of being an ideal place to do quiet (or noisy) activities, with many people opting to turn a shed into a workroom/studio, music or games room, home office, gym, or playroom/den - pretty much whatever you need, in fact.
A steel shed gives you that extra square footage for storage you've been looking for in your garage and basement," says Leslie Segrete, co-host of The Money Pit home improvement radio show.
Likewise, it is simply coincidence when bucks shed due to jumping a fence.
She replicated these features in the garden shed at her home outside Starkville.
I was at Town Hall, and I got a very subtle phone call: `Remember that shed we used to have?
Hunting shed deer antlers was something new and different--and something he apparently naturally wanted to do," Christianson says.
uk, National Shed Week (which runs from July 9) will be the foremost national celebration of one of the cornerstones of British culture.