tear-jerker


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tearjerker

Something, especially a work such as book or film, that evokes such a strong emotional reaction that it literally makes one cry. Sometimes hyphenated as "tear-jerker." The book tells the story of a boy searching for his real family, and it's a tearjerker from start to finish. I don't normally cry at movies, but that ending was a tear-jerker! Her graduation speech was a real tearjerker.

tear-jerker

(ˈtɪrdʒɚkɚ)
n. a very sad story or film. I don’t care to read a steady diet of tear-jerkers.
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Mumbai, Sept 6 ( ANI ): Legendary singer Asha Bhosle, who is set to make her celluloid debut with 'Mai,' has revealed that the movie will be a tear-jerker, and would move every girl who watches it.
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A TV insider said: "ITV expect millions to tune in and it is likely to be a real tear-jerker for her fans.
Pacino (as usual) is full of quirks and mannerisms, but this wellmade tear-jerker has a fine cast (Jennifer Garner, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer and Bobby Cannavale) and some lovely Lennon songs that help give it a real class.