break down and cry

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break down and cry

To cry after losing control of one's emotions, especially after trying not to or after an intense buildup. My mother seems fine now, but I think she'll break down and cry during the funeral.
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The child has a reason.<br />We love to say that someone broke down and cried, as though he were an automobile that just couldn't make it to the next gas station.
A GREAT-grandmother broke down and cried after NHS staff moved her hospital bed into a cramped office.
The 75-year-old grandmother said she broke down and cried when she shouted out "Full House" to claim the loot.
Eyewitnesses also said that "one American soldier broke down and cried during the operation."
Barbara reveals that she broke down and cried after shooting the moving scenes.