sob-story

sob story

noun
1.
an excessively sentimental human-interest story.
2.
an alibi or excuse, especially one designed to arouse sympathy: Instead of a raise, the boss gave us another sob story about her expenses.

Origin:
1915–20

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sob story
 
n
a tale of personal distress intended to arouse sympathy, esp one offered as an excuse or apology

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