break the news to (one)(redirected from broke the news to somebody)
break the news to (one)
To reveal information to one, often that which is bad or upsetting. Who is going to break the news of the accident to Millie? 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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