tear jerker

tear jerker NOUN informal a story, film, or song that is intended to evoke sadness or sympathy.

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  • tear-jerker — 1911, in reference to newspaper stories about tragic situations, on model of soda jerker and perhaps especially beer jerker, from TEAR (Cf. tear) (n.1) + JERK (Cf. jerk) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tear-jerker — tearˈ jerker noun An extravagantly sentimental song, book, film, etc, inviting pity, grief, sorrow • • • Main Entry: ↑tear …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear-jerker — ☆ tear jerker [tir′jʉr΄kər ] n. Slang a play, film, etc. that is sad in a very maudlin way * * * …   Universalium

  • tear-jerker — ☆ tear jerker [tir′jʉr΄kər ] n. Slang a play, film, etc. that is sad in a very maudlin way …   English World dictionary

  • tear-jerker — [[t]tɪ͟ə(r) ʤɜː(r)kə(r)[/t]] tear jerkers also tearjerker N COUNT If you refer to a play, film, or book as a tear jerker, you are indicating that it is very sad or sentimental. [INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • tear-jerker — [“tird33> k3> ] n. a very sad story or film. □ The film was a real tear jerker. □ I don’t care to read a steady diet of tear jerkers …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • tear-jerker — /ˈtɪə dʒɜkə/ (say tear jerkuh) noun Colloquial an excessively sentimental novel, film, or the like. –tear jerking, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • tear-jerker — noun informal a sentimental story, film, or song that is calculated to evoke sadness. Derivatives tear jerking adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • tear-jerker — noun A book, film or other story that induces crying …   Wiktionary

  • tear jerker — extremely sad, causes one to cry, emotional (of a movie, book, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

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