tear jerker


noun Informal.
a pathetic story, play, movie, or the like; an excessively sentimental tale.

1930–35; tear1 + jerk1 + -er1

tearjerking, adjective
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tear-jerker definition

  1. n.
    a very sad story or film. : I don't care to read a steady diet of tear-jerkers.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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