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When a contestant on a competition show (e.g. X factor) tells the audience a sad story of their past in order to gain attention and sympathy votes.
"She wouldn't have gotten through to the finals if it weren't for her sob story"
by eboniz March 06, 2018
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The usually made-up tragic story that any drug addict/thief/hooker/bad person will tell you so you feel bad for them and will make you feel like it's not their fault that they are the way they are, or made the decisions that they made.
jenny: ugh suzy, look at you! you're fucked up on coke and it's 8 in the morning, and we're in spanish class!
suzy: Jenny, you don't even know what I've been through, I told you what happened...I found my mother dead when I was 8, then I was taken into foster care and beaten and I took to the streets where I became an anonymous circus dancer. You don't know how it feels to have no sense of identity!!!
jenny: oh, suzy, what a sob story...
by Angelacia May 26, 2007
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Something bad that happened to you that alots you special privileges.
Hym Iam "I wish I had a better sob story. I'd use it to pull girls. Lure them to my room and be all 'Boo hoo hoo!! You don't know what's it's like to watch your father die' or some shit. I'd use a ploy for sympathy to get them to fuck me and once they'd done it once there would be no reason not to do it again. If I wasn't famous I could just lie but as someone of ill repute I'm held to a higher standard of honesty in public."
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by Hym Iam December 31, 2018
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The kind of story you tell people so they can sympathize with you or make their hearts warm towards you, that way you can easily make them so your bidding.
Boy: I was supposed to go see the movie premiere with my girlfriend, but she broke up with me with a text last night, would you go with me?

Girl: awwn... what a sob story, but you're cute. I would!
by Prince Kharlid December 31, 2018
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