burst into tears

burst into tears

To suddenly begin to cry. My mother was fine this morning, but she burst into tears at the funeral.
See also: burst, tear

burst into tears

 and burst out crying
Fig. to begin to cry suddenly. After the last notes of her song, the audience burst into tears, such was its beauty and tenderness. The children burst into tears on hearing of the death of their dog.
See also: burst, tear
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Unwilling to lose his filberts, and yet unable to withdraw his hand, he burst into tears and bitterly lamented his disappointment.
The poor woman burst into tears at this goodness, and while she was thanking him, could not refrain from expressing her gratitude to Tom; who had, she said, long preserved both her and hers from starving.
And suddenly I burst into tears. It was an hysterical attack.
Then she suddenly rushed to me, threw her arms round me and burst into tears. I, too, could not restrain myself, and sobbed as I never had before...
Sir Joseph seized his son-in-law's hand in silence, and burst into tears.
Natalie burst into tears. Satisfied with this appearance of sincere contrition, the old lady consented to overlook what had happened; and, for this occasion only, to keep her niece's secret.
She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease.
So thunderstruck was I with the proposal that I could only burst into tears. These tears he interpreted as a sign of gratitude, for he told me that he had always felt assured of my good sense, cleverness, and sensibility, but that hitherto he had hesitated to take this step until he should have learned precisely how I was getting on.
The nurse suddenly burst into tears, and began kissing her hand again.
Micawber was in an alarming state, upon which he immediately burst into tears, and came away with me with his waistcoat full of the heads and tails of shrimps, of which he had been partaking.
But on the following morning he was so hungry that he burst into tears, and implored his brothers to give him a little bit of their bread.
At these words the Princess burst into tears, and when the King saw this he ordered her to be shut up in a high tower and carefully guarded till the dangerous magician should either have left the kingdom or been hung on the nearest tree.
RICHARD E Grant has said he "burst into tears" at learning he has his first Oscar nomination.
A teenage fan burst into tears as she saw the Duchess of Sussex approach her, and the "Suits" alum comforted her by holding her hand.