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 (ˈtɪəˌdʒɜːkə)
informal an excessively sentimental film, play, book, etc

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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.
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