Definition of three-hanky in English:

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North American informal
Self-indulgently sentimental: a tired, three-hanky melodrama
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  • A tightly wound Midwestern family brought together by the death of their mother sounds like a recipe for a bad three-hanky picture.
  • A special romance takes off from there, and proceeds to a three-hanky ending.
  • If there is such a thing as a three-hanky film, A Woman of Paris is it.
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