Slang A grossly sentimental story, drama, or performance.(noun)
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Use "tearjerker" in a sentence
"That's pretty good for what some critics considered a mere "potboiler" or "tearjerker" -- but had it been just that, it wouldn't have had the impact that it had."
""tearjerker" genre - the thought of responding to a call to do another tearjerker story was very tough."
"It's either a tearjerker or a comedy, but not both."