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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His writing style was playful and sometimes comic, although reading Vampire and Kamzori may reduce one to tears. His sister Ismat wrote in her seminal article 'Dozakhi' about her brother's tragic young death: 'For me, he is more alive now after his death, than he was, when he was alive.