What idiom would one use to show fake sympathy other than crocodile tears


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While rubbing your thumb and index finger together say:

You: "You know what this is?"

Victim: "No. What?"

You: "It's the world's smallest violin playing just for you."


Violin music is often the musical score accompanying sad scenes in movies when the audience is supposed to feel sadness or sorrow for the characters.


Here is an example in full context from the film Resevoir Dogs by Quintin Tarantino.

(Link is already queued to proper time spot.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TPMEoM-cjc&t=1m55s

  • But the listener would never mistake that for sympathy.
    – deadrat
    Nov 6, 2015 at 4:58

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