crocodile tears

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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.
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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.
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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.
See also: tear
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To shed crocodile tears is to display false, insincere, or hypocritical sadness or remorse.
They want to shed crocodile tears. They don't want to answer the question that root cause of this problem happened during their governments," he said while addressing a press conference here.
The PM needs to stop shedding her crocodile tears. No one is interested in more summits and reviews.
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.
A TORY MP has been accused of shedding "crocodile tears" after hearing stories of desperate Merseyside families left destitute by the benefits system.
Tears A SILENT tear is seldom seen and never heard But it can say more than any word A tear is often a private matter Not meant for chitter chatter Tears can express great sorrow and grief Are are rarely brief, A tear of happiness is a far different matter Who cares if on your cheeks a few tears splatter Men try hard to hide their tears Because of some old fashioned ideas Crocodile tears are what we should all fear Because as we know they can cost us dear.
But, in the meantime, perhaps he would do well to shut up as people can see right through him and the floods of crocodile tears.
I wonder how many of our Northern MPs will accept this excellent rise and how many will donate it to a Northern charity instead, since they are shedding crocodile tears about child poverty here.
They are not the first caught and no doubt not the last, but crocodile tears are no good now.
'Crocodile tears' which means 'hypocritical sorrow' refers to the liquid coming from a crocodile's eyes when consuming it's prey.
Rather than crying crocodile tears over such schemes, what he and the Government should be doing is making it illegal for British subjects and corporations to use offshore banking arrangements.