an excessively sentimental human-interest story.
an alibi or excuse, especially one designed to arouse sympathy:
Instead of a raise, the boss gave us another sob story about her expenses.
a tale of personal distress intended to arouse sympathy, esp one offered as an excuse or apology
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Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.