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tears

 [tērz]
the watery, slightly alkaline and saline secretion of the lacrimal glands that moistens the conjunctiva. See also lacrimal apparatus.
crocodile tears see syndrome of crocodile tears.

croc·o·dile tears syn·drome

a flow of tears, usually unilateral, on eating or the anticipation of eating; this happens when nerve fibers originally destined for a salivary gland are damaged and regrow, aberrantly, into the lacrimal gland.

crocodile tears

Tears and excessive saliva produced during eating. This condition is present when nerve fibers of the salivary glands grow abnormally into the lacrimal glands following Bell (seventh nerve) palsy.
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The driving force behind Crocodile Tears is a Coventry school teacher called Chris Sidwell, who describes this CD collection as `a Lo-fi labour of love'.
The Jubilee era listens to shedders of crocodile tears and worships money, greed, and abused power.
While the rest were wailing and weeping crocodile tears, Keane was the only man in the game to tell the Irish to buck up their ideas and stop whingeing about Thierry Henry's handball.
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Most of the characters are insincere--the title character, early on, sheds crocodile tears at the reported death of her husband, Claudius--so the 20th-century touches in the stylized sets and urban-chic costumes did not clash with the fundamental sophistication of the piece.
Whitehorn and her fellow terrorist activists have been crying buckets of crocodile tears in letter-writing campaigns to Congress and newspapers conc erning the plight of poor Bottom/Muntaqin.
Who better to combat the "crocodile tears" of our crafty opponents than Martha?
Crocodile Tears" is an ultra-low-budget Seattle effort whose good script, fine perfs and outstanding production design make this inventively black, AIDS-themed comedic spin on an old.
Even if you don't believe there's a realistic threat of armed racial conflict, you'd better believe there is a high probability of economic and social decline that will blight the nation's future far more surely than the federal deficit over which so many crocodile tears are shed.