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
References in classic literature ?
The third kind depends on memory when the sight of some object awakens a feeling: as in the Cyprians of Dicaeogenes, where the hero breaks into tears on seeing the picture; or again in the 'Lay of Alcinous,' where Odysseus, hearing the minstrel play the lyre, recalls the past and weeps; and hence the recognition.
Susie's bisexuality, which John discovers a few weeks before the wedding, causes him to have serious doubts about the long-term prospects for their relationship, and these doubts are sharply reinforced at the wedding when Susie breaks into tears as she speaks her marriage vows.
Gazza repeatedly breaks into tears during a heartbreaking documentary to be screened on BBC3 tomorrow.
But when he's asked to read aloud a chapter from the book titled "The Night in Question," which chronicles a hypothetical re-creation of the murder, he breaks into tears.