break down and cry

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break down and cry

To cry after losing control of one's emotions, especially after trying not to or after an intense buildup. My mother seems fine now, but I think she'll break down and cry during the funeral.
See also: and, break, cry, down
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And when on the day that a loved one will die It's all right, my friend, to break down and cry, as I did.
It would be easy to break down and cry now,'' Mae says about the tornado that killed her friends and destroyed the town of her youth.
It would be easy to break down and cry, Mae Reinink says, closing her scrapbook.
How can you hold back tears when mothers are reading poems and love letters to sons forever frozen at age 18, 19, 20, 21 - mothers who finally break down and cry as they talk about how much they still miss their babies who went off to fight a war in a place called Vietnam and never came home?