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tearjerker

noun [C] uk   /ˈtɪəˌdʒɜː.kər/ us    /ˈtɪrˌdʒɝː.kɚ/ informal
a book, film, play, etc. that has a sad story intended to make people cry or be sad: I'd recommend that you take a pile of tissues with you when you see that film - it's a real tearjerker!Types of film, play, book etc.
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