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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

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 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
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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.
Naik said, "During congress rule Chief Minister Parrikar had criticised Goa police force irresponsibly but, Mr Parrikar had no concern for the morale of Goa Police force the, with respect to whom, Mr Parrikar is now shedding crocodile tears.
The companies and local authorities will be there with their legal teams already, shedding crocodile tears while saying, 'It's not our fault'.
Lucknow/New Delhi: The fresh caste violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh that left one youth dead sparked a political slugfest on Wednesday with BSP chief Mayawati putting the blame on the BJP government and a senior state minister accusing the opposition party of shedding crocodile tears.
She said that the West is shedding crocodile tears over the eastern part of Aleppo and the situation there, but they never mention the main reasons for that as major states like the US, Britain, and France support what they call "moderate opposition" when in fact these groups are no different than the terrorists from ISIS or al-Nusra.
On one hand government is shedding crocodile tears on the daily financial losses and defunct industries and the other hand they harass and manhandle those who try to work.
Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian Home Minister's Kashmir visit and the puppet chief minister shedding crocodile tears that too after killing over 50 innocents and injuring more than 4000, was nothing but an eyewash to hoodwink Indian people and the international community.
In the event, shedding crocodile tears and issuing a bland statement by the spokesperson of the U.
They ( SP, BSP, BJP) all are the same and are masters in shedding crocodile tears," he added.
One of the lows in Canadian politics occurred when politicians shedding crocodile tears seized on the tragedy of the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi on a Turkish beach to capitalize on an attack on the government and Immigration Canada.
One question should be asked from the armed militants in Madaya and the media which are supporting them and shedding crocodile tears for the people: How come the armed militants in Madaya are fighting against the Syrian army and Hezbollah forces with such healthy and agile and vigorous bodies, but people are starving?
If Enda Kenny was so concerned about the plight of patients languishing on trolleys he should have done something about it instead of billowing empty words and shedding crocodile tears.
SP investigation Muhammad Naveed, talking to the media, said Khalid and his son kept shedding crocodile tears to hoodwink the police but the mother took off the lid on how brutally they beat the 13-year old Aneeqa to death.
The US is showing its double standards and shedding crocodile tears to avoid international condemnation.
Shedding crocodile tears, Rao addressed the nation in the evening and promised the principal minority that the mosque would be rebuilt on its original site as soon as possible.