reduce (one) to tears

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reduce (one) to tears

To cause one to cry. I know it's embarrassing, but sappy movies like that always reduce me to tears.
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reduce someone to tears

to cause a person to cry through insults, frustration, and belittling. He scolded her so much that she was reduced to tears by the end of the meeting.
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TV's Naked Chef star admitted his own campaigning projects can reduce him to tears.
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London, Aug 23 (ANI): Sir Paul McCartney has said that John Lennon's memories can still reduce him to tears.
SIR Paul McCartney has confessed that memories of John Lennon can still reduce him to tears.