burst into

burst into something

to begin to produce a lot of something The children burst into tears when they saw their ruined toys. The car burst into flames. The whole situation was so ridiculous, I simply burst into laughter.
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burst into

1. Also, burst out in or into . Break out into sudden activity. For example, burst into flames means "break out in a fire," as in This dry woodpile may well burst into flames. A version of this term, which dates from the 16th century, was used figuratively by John Milton: "Fame is the spur ... But the fair guerdon [reward] when we hope to find, and think to burst out into sudden blaze" ( Lycidas, 1637).
2. Also, burst out. Give sudden utterance to. For example, burst into tears or laughter or song or speech or burst out crying or laughing or singing , etc. mean "begin suddenly to weep, laugh, sing," and so on, as in When she saw him, she burst into tears, or I burst out laughing when I saw their outfits, or When they brought in the cake, we all burst into song. These terms have been so used since the late 1300s.
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burst into

v.
1. To enter some place suddenly and forcefully: The police burst into the room and conducted a raid.
2. To start doing something suddenly: Sometimes we burst into song while we're hiking in the mountains.
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References in classic literature ?
And the crowd burst into a laugh, especially the boys and young girls.
Instead of answering, he burst into a fit of laughter--loud, coarse, hard laughter, so utterly unlike any sound I had ever yet heard issue from his lips, so strangely and shockingly foreign to his character as
Tess went across to Joan Durbeyfield, laid her face upon the matron's bosom, and burst into sobs.
At length the old hound burst into view with muzzle to the ground, and snapping the air as if possessed, and ran directly to the rock; but, spying the dead fox, she suddenly ceased her hounding as if struck dumb with amazement, and walked round and round him in silence; and one by one her pups arrived, and, like their mother, were sobered into silence by the mystery.
Unwilling to lose his filberts, and yet unable to withdraw his hand, he burst into tears and bitterly lamented his disappointment.
So saying, Aglaya burst into bitter tears, and, hiding her face in her handkerchief, sank back into a chair.
Then she suddenly rushed to me, threw her arms round me and burst into tears.
Sir Joseph seized his son-in-law's hand in silence, and burst into tears.
The sad and silent Moody smiled, and Isabel burst into fits of laughter.
Giry here burst into song herself--" `Catarina, while you play at sleeping,' and then M.
At this they simultaneously burst into a rude laugh that made my whole frame tingle to the fingers' ends.
This,"--continued the barber,--"is the tale I related to the Caliph, who, when I had finished, burst into fits of laughter.
Without waiting for an answer from Philip the big man burst into a great bellow of laughter.
As the sullen-eyed man, followed by the blood-covered boy, drew near, the little girl burst into reproachful cries.
Hereupon Kay burst into tears; he wept so much that the splinter rolled out of his eye, and he recognised her, and shouted, "Gerda, sweet little Gerda