One entry found for crocodile tears.
Main Entry: crocodile tears
Function: noun plural : pretended tears or sorrow Word History An ancient fable tells of a crocodile that sheds tears while eating its prey. Of course, a crocodile is not really sorry for killing and eating another animal because that's how it survives. So when someone is said to shed crocodile tears, it refers to a show of pretended sorrow usually by someone who has done something cruel.