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tearjerker

[teer-jur-ker]
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noun Informal.
  1. a pathetic story, play, movie, or the like; an excessively sentimental tale.

Origin of tearjerker

First recorded in 1930–35; tear1 + jerk1 + -er1
Related formstear·jerk·ing, adjective
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