crocodile tears

crocodile tears — крокодиловы слёзы

Meaning: аn insincere show of sorrow, sympathy or sadness
Usage: shed/cry crocodile tears (for sb/sth) - лить/проливать крокодиловы слёзы (=лицемерить)
► He cried crocodile tears when he discovered that he couldn't go to the meeting.

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Crocodiles are thought to “weep” large tears before they eat their victims