sob sister


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sob sister

n. a weak woman who is prone to crying. I had another sob sister in the office today. Went through half a box of tissues.
See also: sister, sob

sob sister

Someone devoted to charities, or (less charitably) a do-gooder. Originally a newspaper reporter or editor, invariably a woman, whose assignment was to produce sentimental stories and interviews that would appeal to female readers. By extension, the phrase came to mean any overly emotional person, whether male or female, especially one involved in charitable and public service efforts where sad tales of the recipients would tug on their heartstrings.
See also: sister, sob
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YOUR Sandwiched between the launches of Sob Sisters and and The 19th Hole was Young, Gifted and Broke, of which Butt was the executive producer.
The sob sisters in the media could learn a lot from the Kennedys.
From Children's Hospital to Vanessa, Esther and the rest of the sob sisters, TV intrudes on grief and into private lives far, far more than papers ever do, or dare.
When Charles and Diana were still the darlings of Fleet Street's sob sisters as the Queen celebrated her Forty Glorious Years on the throne, there were calls - deja vu anybody?
BUT also on account of them not being the usual singing doormats, that pack of pathetic sob sisters from the living Dolly Parton to the recently- dead Ruby Murray.
More recently, Prince William was taking some stick from the media over his flippant use of the air force and louche lifestyle - but all was forgiven by the sob sisters of Fleet Street when he took a leaf out of Liberace's book and told us how much he missed his mother.