break in(to) tears

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break in(to) tears

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

break out in(to) tears and break in(to) tears

to start crying suddenly. I was so sad that I broke out into tears. I always break into tears at a funeral.
See also: and, break, out, tear
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Fateh Ali was urged to restart his performing career, but would break into tears when first beginning to sing.
Sometimes I lose concentration, sometimes I break into tears. I can't control it."
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Leave her for too long and blondie locks will break into tears and attract the unwanted attention of the Red Queen.