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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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Dan wants Kerry to tell him what's happening Meanwhile, Cain breaks the news to Moira that he's moving to start a new life with Charity abroad.
He is stunned when Erica breaks the news that she's expecting his baby.
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4.30am Sky News breaks the news that Labour have won.
The novel is set in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which, despite its proximity to Manhattan, has a decidedly small-town flavor: "Everybody knows everything all the time," reflects Michael McBride, the doctor who breaks the news of Dahlia's death to Rick and Naomi.