tear-jerker


tear-jerker

noun Informal.

  1. a pathetic story, play, movie, or the like; an excessively sentimental tale.

noun

  1. informal an excessively sentimental film, play, book, etc

n.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.).

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