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burst into tears

To suddenly begin to cry. My mother was fine this morning, but she burst into tears at the funeral.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Yes, now you may be glad!" said she; "this is what you have been waiting for." And bursting into tears she hid her face in her handkerchief and rushed from the room.
"Aucassin, be true," she cried, "I will never forget you,--no one shall come between us; "and then bursting into tears, she buried her face in her hands and followed her father from the room.
He remained silent till the last words of the Proclamation had died away, and then, bursting into tears, "Dear Grandpapa," he said, "that was only my fun, and of course I meant nothing at all by it; and we did not know anything then about the new Law; and I don't think I said anything about the Third Dimension; and I am sure I did not say one word about
what infamous falsehoods!" said Rosa, bursting into tears, and throwing herself at the feet of the Stadtholder, who, although thinking her guilty, felt pity for her dreadful agony.
She hardly spoke to her, and on Frederica's bursting into tears as soon as we were seated, took her out of the room, and did not return for some time.
It is TOO bad to feel life, health, and beauty wasting away, unfelt and unenjoyed, for such a brute as that!' exclaimed she, fairly bursting into tears in the bitterness of her vexation.
'Give me my box and money, will you,' I cried, bursting into tears.
"And so," cried Henrietta, bursting into tears, "after the infamous way he has treated me I am to be told that it is all my own fault."
During an interview with the magazine, Danielle admitted since the wedding she has been "bursting into tears every day" as she is suffering from major wedding blues.
Gill is very soft-hearted and deals with things by bursting into tears."
PHIL MICKELSON admitted he felt like bursting into tears after missing out by millimetres on the lowest round in Major Championship history.
"It was hard for Kim to watch all the footage, she has been unable to review it without bursting into tears," the Daily Mail quoted a source as telling Radar.
Documentary For Crying Out Loud (BBC4, 9pm) COMEDIAN Jo Brand feels that everyone everywhere is bursting into tears at the drop of a hat.
CALVIN Harris has revealed he keeps bursting into tears on planes.