break the news


: to tell (someone) bad news
We tried to break the news to her gently.

Examples of break the news in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hyland had to break the news from Florida while her kids were in Pittsburgh. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 29 May 2024 Manager Buck Britton called him into his office to break the news, kicking off a chaotic day of travel that included an evening of frantic packing, an overnight drive to Richmond and a 6 a.m. flight Wednesday morning. Matt Weyrich, Baltimore Sun, 10 Apr. 2024 Martha was part of Ashley’s Grand Ole Opry announcement In October 2022, Ashley learned she was being invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in a unique way — Garth Brooks made a surprise appearance during her interview with CBS Mornings to break the news. Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 The heartbreaking moment is orchestrated by Norma, who plays on Mitzi’s naivete and encourages her to break the news to Maxine during the biggest event of the social season. Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Then there was the dilemma of how to break the news to his sixth grade daughter, who was a student in one of Mr. Paty’s classes but did not see the cartoons. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2024 Soon afterward, Iris said, an officer took him aside to break the news. Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer, 16 Apr. 2024 The actors gets candid with PEOPLE about how sons Julian, 14, and Adrian, 12, have managed their dad's disease Aaron Lazar had no idea how to break the news to his two sons that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 7 Apr. 2024 Kelly had to break the news that the Führer’s own officers tried, on several occasions, to disloyally assassinate him. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2024

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“Break the news.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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