break in(to) tears

(redirected from breaks in tears)

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