reduce (one) to tears(redirected from reduce them 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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.