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tearjerker

[teer-jur-ker] /ˈtɪərˌdʒɜr kər/
noun, Informal.
1.
a pathetic story, play, movie, or the like; an excessively sentimental tale.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; tear1 + jerk1 + -er1
Related forms
tearjerking, adjective
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  • It was a tearjerker with a lurid plot, in which the local saloon dooms a whole town to sorrow and despair.

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