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break news

This page is about the collocation break news

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to tell someone bad news

For example

  • I tried to break the news of her father's death to her gently.

  • I'm sorry to be the one to break the news to you, but you didn't get the job.

Quick Quiz

I had to break the news to her gently because

a. it was terrible news

b. it wasn't really true

c. it was a secret

Contributor: Matt Errey