Crocodile tears.What does it mean.....

December 16, 2007 10:45pm CST
one day i was watching sentimental movie and part of the script i heard one character told the other one who is crying that she is just showing her crocodile tears what does she mean? Im not familiar with this idiom kindly share the meaning of this idiom to me
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 07
t17mal171207mon1351. Hi meenneixz. Crocodile Tears - tears or expressions of sorrow that are insincere. Where the origin said to be so named from a belief that crocodiles wept while devouring or luring their prey. Happy Postings and Earnings, meenneixz. HAPPY DAPPY.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
17 Dec 07
mostly it means fake you are not really sad, you are just crying for attention or for pity or pretending to cry...hope that helps!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
17 Dec 07
To weep crocodile tears is to put on an insincere show of sorrow. The allusion is to the ancient notion that crocodiles weep while devouring their prey. Crocodiles do indeed have lachrymal glands and produce tears to lubricate the eyes as humans do. They don't cry though. Whatever emotion they experience when finding and devouring prey we can be certain it isn't remorse.
• Philippines
18 Dec 07
great elaboration i clearly understand it thanks to you and hope youre doing good
@thefuture (1750)
• Nigeria
20 Dec 07
Hi meenniexz! The meaning of "crocodile tears" is hypocritical. It also means that one is being foolish and senseless by what he or she is doing. When one is acting or pretending to be doing something and you know the trigue he or she is playing, it can be said that, that person is being hypocritical. Thanks and have yourself a wonderful season.
• United States
17 Dec 07
I think I saw somewhere that crocs cry when they eat. Not sure if that helps any but a great question!