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Break news

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Break news to make anything known, esp. of bad news, with caution and delicacy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brecan; Ger. brechen.

Usage

In literature:

I'll break the news to your mother.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
He thought it wise to break the news of the discovery of the houseboat party by degrees.
"Madge Morton's Secret" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
To Mina was intrusted the delicate task of breaking the news to her uncle.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
I brought the ladies up, breaking the news about their kinsfolk on the way, and imploring them to keep up appearances.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
I've bad news, and there's no time to break it gently.
"Reginald Cruden" by Talbot Baines Reed
What do you propose to do with regard to breaking the news?
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Break news to Hannah.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Father has gone for a walk, and I came in to break the news to you!
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He must himself break the news of her coming gradually.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
I've got a message from him for my mother, and I have to break the news to her.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
What news could his aunt have to impart, thus to break her usual silence?
"The Little Gold Miners of the Sierras and Other Stories" by Various
He'll break the news to Colonel Pendarve; and you go on then to the village, to collect men and ropes.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
We returned to the camp to break the unsatisfactory news to Ellen.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
For the life of me I could not do it, so I got Jane to go and break the sad news to him.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
I also mentioned the loss of poor Larry, and begged the major to break the news to his family.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
What he said I do not know, though I am sure he tried to break the news to her as gently as he could.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
A man is angry when his wife gives birth to a girl babe, and his friends fear to break the news to him.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
What does he mean by breaking news?
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mr. Smith answered me in the tone and with the manner of one who is seeking to break bad news gradually and gently to another.
"The House" by Eugene Field
Sorrowful, heart-breaking news was it to her.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

One time I thought, before she passed,
To give her peace; but ere I spake
Methought, "HE will be first to break
The news in heaven," and for his sake
I held mine back until the last.
"Grandmother Tenterden" by Francis Bret Harte
My heart was anguished for their sake;
I could not frame a word;
But they descried my sunken face
And seemed to read therein, and trace
The news which Pity would not break
Nor Truth leave unaverred.
"The Cave Of The Unborn" by Thomas Hardy

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