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
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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.
She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease.
So thunderstruck was I with the proposal that I could only burst into tears.
The nurse suddenly burst into tears, and began kissing her hand again.
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.
At these words the Princess burst into tears, and when the King saw this he ordered her to be shut up in a high tower and carefully guarded till the dangerous magician should either have left the kingdom or been hung on the nearest tree.
Yung tipong lumalabas kami and we saw a baby, I would suddenly burst into tears.
EASTENDERS star Gillian Taylforth burst into tears on learning her sister Kim had been diagnosed with skin cancer.
Actress Shabnam, burst into tears while talking about leaving Pakistan and the film industry in the late 1990s.
But Tilly had been safe all along - and when she finally turned up her dad burst into tears again.
A COUPLE who were still in shock from winning nearly PS150,000 on the EuroMillions Lottery have described how they burst into tears when their dog uncovered a second winning ticket for the same draw.