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.