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[teer-jur-ker] /ˈtɪərˌdʒɜr kər/
noun, Informal.
a pathetic story, play, movie, or the like; an excessively sentimental tale.
Origin of tearjerker
1930-35; tear1 + jerk1 + -er1
Related forms
tearjerking, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for tear-jerker


(informal) an excessively sentimental film, play, book, etc
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Word Origin and History for tear-jerker

1911, in reference to newspaper stories about tragic situations, on model of soda-jerker and perhaps especially beer-jerker, from tear (n.1) + jerk (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tear-jerker

tear someone apart

verb phrase

To criticize severely; to express a completely negative opinion: tore him apart for being late

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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