shed crocodile tears

shed crocodile tears

To display false, insincere, or hypocritical sadness or remorse. Derived from an ancient notion 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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However, they shed crocodile tears for those living under the Indian control-- hypocrisy worth exposing.
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He said that how long will you shed crocodile tears and added people of Karachi had identified you.
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You divide the society in every manner possible for electoral gains & then shed crocodile tears."
So I don't know if they shed crocodile tears in front of us,' Manyin told reporters after his winding-up speech in the Sarawak State Assembly.
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Those who shed crocodile tears over the Syrian civilians have never said a word about the crimes perpetrated by the US-led international coalition in Raqqa and complete destruction of the city, Mikdad added, wondering if the US and its allies have ever delivered a piece of bread to the city, treated the injured people or dismantled mines.
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"Poonawala vented his 'Shahzaada frustration'in what was clearly an 'internal matter'of their party."But maybe due to wrong briefing, or due to anger and confusion, some of our own people and leaders have jumped in to shed crocodile tears for him on RaGa's (Rahul Gandhi) elevation,"Sinha said in a series of tweets.