break out in(to) tears

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break out in(to) tears

To suddenly begin to cry. My mother was fine this morning, but she broke out in tears at the funeral.
See also: break, out, tear
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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