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break the news

To reveal information, often that which is bad or upsetting. Who is going to break the news of her husband's accident? Your mother is going to be furious if she learns of our engagement from someone else—you have to break the news to her first!
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break the news (to someone)

to tell someone some important news, usually bad news. The doctor had to break the news to Jane about her husband's cancer. I hope that the doctor broke the news gently.
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break the news

Make something known, as in We suspected that she was pregnant but waited for her to break the news to her in-laws. This term, in slightly different form ( break a matter or break a business), dates from the early 1500s. Another variant is the 20th-century journalistic phrase, break a story, meaning "to reveal a news item or make it available for publication."
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break the news

COMMON If you break the news, you tell someone about something, especially something bad. I went up to Santa Monica to break the news to her that I'd left my job.
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break the ˈnews (to somebody)

be the first to tell somebody some bad news: I’m sorry to be the one to break the news.
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References in classic literature ?
How delicious to spoil it all by breaking the news in advance; so that when they enter grandly Mrs.
But first I had the unpleasant duty of breaking the news to Barrymore and his wife.
But these days, it only appears to be in the race of breaking the news first, the consequences of which are not too good.
John Huddle, head of Media Services at Thuraya said, "Thuraya delivers the highest standards of reliability, security and performance so that journalists can remain focused on breaking the news, without having to worry about staying connected.
I have been receiving death threats from militants following breaking the news of death of Taliban Chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack in Orakzai Agency.
For example, TMZ is cited as breaking the news of Michael Jackson's death.
Islamabad, Jan.8 (ANI): Highly informed sources in the Pakistan Government have said that the sacking of the National Security Advisor Major General (retd) Mehmud Durrani was more related to the fact that Durrani denied PM Gilani of taking the credit for breaking the news about Ajmal Kasab's nationality, the Dawn reported.
Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow has sparked fury by praising a US website for breaking the news of Prince Harry's deployment in Afghanistan.
Commendations for the father-of-thebride who sensitively let his daughter enjoy her first dance before breaking the news.
Outside of breaking the news to his friends that his father stole thousands from their parents, Jonathan's biggest problem is who to take with him on his father's Caribbean yachting vacation.
Breaking the news to the 11 other contestants of the Channel 4 show, she said: "I'm really sorry.
BREAKING THE NEWS: Mr Frey (Davyd Harries) chats to Jack (Will Mellor) in a scene from the BBC series Casualty.
Breaking the news to his parents that he's gay was similarly hassle-free.