Meaning of sob story

sob' sto"ry

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an excessively sentimental human-interest story.
  2. an alibi or excuse, esp. one designed to arouse sympathy: Instead of a raise, the boss gave us another sob story about her expenses.
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