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 Crocodile’s Eye.Crocum in Ciliciam ferre. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Croc’odile’s Tears.
 
Hypocritical tears. The tale is, that crocodiles moan and sigh like a person in deep distress, to allure travellers to the spot, and even shed tears over their prey while in the act of devouring it.   1
       
“As the mournful crocodile
       
With sorrow snares relenting passengers.”
       
Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI., iii. 1.
 


 Crocodile’s Eye.Crocum in Ciliciam ferre. 

 
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