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sob story

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sob story a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy
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Usage

In literature:

Sob stories are always trying.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Madge sobbed out the whole story disconsolately.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
On her mother's shoulder she sobbed out the rest of the pitiful little story.
"The Merryweathers" by Laura E. Richards
Bea told her story, but hadn't room to remonstrate, for the sobs that caught her breath; and the girls listened in grave alarm.
"Six Girls" by Fannie Belle Irving
Hetty approached, and, with heart-broken sobs, told her story.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Her story of the identification was told at considerable length and between many sobs.
"The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan" by Unknown
His voice broken by sobs, Brother Jasper told his story, while the prior gently stroked the young man's hands and face.
"Orientations" by William Somerset Maugham
She, herself, had sobbingly told her story to eager if not always sympathetic souls.
"A Soldier's Trial" by Charles King
When Pearl threw herself into the mother's arms and broke into tears, sobbing out the double story, for a moment Mrs. Swanwick was silent.
"The Red City" by S. Weir Mitchell
He sobbed like a broken-hearted child afterwards when he told his story.
"The Night Operator" by Frank L. Packard
I sobbed out my story, and she comforted me as only a woman, who has suffered, can comfort.
"A Cry in the Wilderness" by Mary E. Waller
The sad story was soon told amid sobs and exclamations from her hearers.
"Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale" by Ida Glenwood
Then she threw her arms about White Otter and sobbed out her story.
"White Otter" by Elmer Russell Gregor
From a score of trembling lips she learned the story, told in sobbing, broken scraps of words.
"The Turn of the Tide" by Eleanor H. Porter
Then, between sobs, she told me her story.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
Then, controlling her sobs, she told her story.
"Mrs. Bindle" by Hebert Jenkins
The story went abroad that the Major sobbed, and cried, and howled like an old woman.
"The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
So Mrs. Clinton was fetched, and heard the story, sitting on the bed, while Joan sobbed on her shoulder.
"The Eldest Son" by Archibald Marshall
Then the boy's story ceased, and the next thing I heard was a sound of sobbing.
"The Watchers" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
A moment more, and with both her cold, trembling little hands in his big warm ones, Lloyd was sobbing out the story of her fright.
"The Little Colonel in Arizona" by Annie Fellows Johnston
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In news:

The 101st Dipsea, and its Sob Stories.
Hovde raised campaign cash off ' sob story' comment.
Senate candidate Eric Hovde said Thursday that he now regrets his videotaped remarks complaining about the number of " sob " stories written by the media about poor individuals.
Hovde raises campaign money off ' sob story' gaffe.
Hovde attacks liberal website for " sob story" coverage.
The latest in can-you-believe-this-guy campaign-trail videos: Senate candidate Eric Hovde, who—like Montgomery Burns with a Wisconsin accent—reduces media coverage of low-income people facing service cuts to " sob stories".
Too many sob stories in press about poor.
White Center armed robber tells sob story he used after heists in 2003.
Journalists' sob stories block reform.
Watch out for scammers with a sob story.
A Hovde staffer on Thursday stood by the sob-story fundraising appeal, saying it has been a hit with contributors.
Hovde raises campaign money off ' sob story ' gaffe.
Hovde attacks liberal website for " sob story " coverage.
Watch out for scammers with a sob story .
This mobster's sob story didn't sell.
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