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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 ?
The singer can easily move us to tears or to laughter, but where is he who can excite in us a pure morning joy?
It lived up to expectations to amaze, amuse, stimulate and for some performances, especially the opening show, to move us to tears."
We have already seen and heard enough to move us to tears,"-Tutu-said after his 40-minute meeting with Haniya.Tutu, who was a prominent anti-apartheid activist when South Africa was still under white minority rule, said it was crucial that the two sides negotiate."That was our experience in South Africa.
We are joining forces again with our sponsors Direct Line to bring you this award that uncovers the stories which inspire, move us to tears or make us smile.
We are responsible to tell what has been trusted to our perceptions, the stories embedded in our own particular homes that move us to tears and to long thought.
"It might move us to tears but it will help us get things in perspective and understand that we cope with loss not by forgetting who has been taken from us but by finding out how we can continue to live with our memories of them".
``It might move us to tears but it will start to heal us too,'' Prof Motion says in a new guide writing eulogies, produced by the Co-op.
Co-operative Funeralcare, which carries out 85,000 funerals a year, estimates eulogies, commonly known as funeral speeches, are given by friends and relatives atless than 10pc.``It might move us to tears but it will start to heal us too,'' Prof Motion says in a new guide on writing eulogies,produced by the Co-op.
Brian Sibley traces the 75 years or so of film scores, illustrating how composers move us to tears, fear or laughter, and the techniques used to transport us to physical and geographical places such as rainforests or mysterious deserts.
It's clear, it's accessible, it satisfies one's need to hear stories that move us to tears. It is also very middle class.
Prof Motion, who composes a eulogy every time there is a death in the Royal Family, said: ``It might move us to tears but it will start to heal us too.