move 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.
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