burst into tears

burst into tears

To suddenly begin to cry. My mother was fine this morning, but she burst into tears at the funeral.
See also: burst, tear

burst into tears

 and burst out crying
Fig. to begin to cry suddenly. After the last notes of her song, the audience burst into tears, such was its beauty and tenderness. The children burst into tears on hearing of the death of their dog.
See also: burst, tear

burst into tears

to suddenly cry She burst into tears when she read the rejection letter. Every time I thought about it I'd burst into tears.
See also: burst, tear
References in classic literature ?
Unwilling to lose his filberts, and yet unable to withdraw his hand, he burst into tears and bitterly lamented his disappointment.
The poor woman burst into tears at this goodness, and while she was thanking him, could not refrain from expressing her gratitude to Tom; who had, she said, long preserved both her and hers from starving.
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.
Micawber was in an alarming state, upon which he immediately burst into tears, and came away with me with his waistcoat full of the heads and tails of shrimps, of which he had been partaking.
But on the following morning he was so hungry that he burst into tears, and implored his brothers to give him a little bit of their bread.
The little girl reeled and, recovering herself, burst into tears and quaveringly cursed him.
When he stood before the murdered man, he shook as with a palsy, and he put his face in his hands and burst into tears.
Mercedes burst into tears, and, as Villefort strove to pass her, again addressed him.
And that when he returned, it was David radiant with hope who opened the door and then burst into tears because there was no cane.
Now, I was happy again--though more inclined to burst into tears than ever.
She always speaks with a wailing, dolorous voice -- you are nervously expecting her to burst into tears every moment.
She tried to begin, and all at once burst into tears, and rushed out of the room.
Sowerberry sunk into a chair, and burst into tears.
Here Bella, deriving no comfort from her charming bonnet and her elegant dress, burst into tears.