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"sob story" in British English

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sob storynoun [C]

uk   us   informal disapproving
a ​story or ​piece of ​information that someone ​tells you or writes about himself or herself that is ​intended to make you ​feelsympathy for that ​person: She came out with some ​sobstory about not having enough ​money to go and ​see her ​father who was ​ill.
(Definition of sob story from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sob storynoun [C]

 /ˈsɑb ˌstɔr·i, ˌstoʊr·i/
infmldisapproving a ​longexcuse or ​explanation that is ​meant to make you ​feelsorry for someone
(Definition of sob story from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sob story”
in Chinese (Simplified) (意在博取同情的)伤感故事…
in Chinese (Traditional) (意在博取同情的)傷感故事…
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