move (one) to tears

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move (one) to tears

To elicit such a strong or overwhelming emotional reaction in one that it causes one to cry. Often used in passive constructions. The lovely cards from my students on my last day of teaching moved me to tears. The song was so beautiful that it moved the entire audience to tears. I was moved to tears by the tributes to my late father.
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moved to tears

Made to cry due to something that elicited overwhelming emotions. I was moved to tears by the tributes to my late father. The lovely cards from my students had me moved to tears.
See also: move, tear

move someone to tears

to bring someone to the point of crying. The story moved me to tears. As she recounted the accident, she moved herself to tears.
See also: move, tear
References in classic literature ?
Here were these men, to whom murder was familiar, who again and again had struck down the father of the family, some man against whom they had no personal feeling, without one thought of compunction or of compassion for his weeping wife or helpless children, and yet the tender or pathetic in music could move them to tears. McMurdo had a fine tenor voice, and if he had failed to gain the good will of the lodge before, it could no longer have been withheld after he had thrilled them with "I'm Sitting on the Stile, Mary," and "On the Banks of Allan Water."