sob sister

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noun

a journalist who writes human-interest stories with sentimental pathos.
a persistently sentimental do-gooder.

Origin of sob sister

First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for sob sister

  • I have in mind some wonderful "sob-sister" stuff that was used in the last Canadian election.

    The Affable Stranger|Peter McArthur
  • Shall I write a story of Mame on the sob-sister order to bring the tears to your eyes?

    Working With the Working Woman|Cornelia Stratton Parker

British Dictionary definitions for sob sister

sob sister

noun

a journalist, esp a woman, on a newspaper or magazine who writes articles of sentimental appeal

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