break down (2)

Meaning: If someone breaks down, they start crying.

For example:

  • break down When his wife broke down at his funeral, relatives and friends tried to comfort her.

  • break down The prisoner broke down and wept when the judge sentenced him to life in prison.

Quick Quiz:

My friend Reggie broke down when he was reading the email. I knew it must have been

a. really funny

b. very bad news

c. quite interesting

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