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.
See also: reduce, tear
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IF ever there was a Christmas story to reduce you to tears, it is Josie Grove's.
This is yet another of those small town boy makes good blah blah blah jobs, full of attempts to reduce you to tears with soppy music, rousing speeches and uplifting scenes.