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Definition of crocodile noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (informal croc)
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  1. 1[countable] a large reptile with a long tail, hard skin, and very big jaw. Crocodiles live in rivers and lakes in hot countries.
  2. 2[uncountable] crocodile skin made into leather crocodile shoes
  3. Idioms
    crocodile tears
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    if someone sheds (= cries)crocodile tears, they pretend to be sad about something, but they are not really sad at all Let's have no more politicians shedding crocodile tears for the unemployed.
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