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“sob story” in British English

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sob storynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɒb ˌstɔː.ri/ us /ˈsɑːb ˌstɔːr.i/ informal disapproving

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself that is intended to make you feel sympathy for that person:

She came out with some sob story 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)

“sob story” in American English

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sob storynoun [ C ]

/ˈsɑb ˌstɔr·i, ˌstoʊr·i/

infmldisapproving a long excuse or explanation that is meant to make you feel sorry for someone

(Definition of “sob story” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)