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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Never Let Me Go is distinguished by emotionally raw performances from Mulligan and Garfield, sadly while the final chapter threatens to reduce us to tears, it falls short of breaking our hearts.
The film's final chapter threatens to reduce us to tears but falls agonisingly short of breaking our hearts.
The film threatens to reduce us to tears but falls agonisingly short of breaking our hearts.
No seriously, it wasn't even remotely funny even though he managed to reduce us to tears.