Idiom:  break the news


Idiom:  break the news (to someone)

  • to inform someone of something bad that has happened

Example sentences

  • I hate to be the one to break the news but I heard they gave the position you wanted to a guy from the marketing department.
  • When I broke the news that I was moving to Japan, my wife cried for hours and said she wasn’t coming with me.
  • They just broke the news that there was a mass shooting at a high school in Florida.
  • When are you going to break the news about the layoffs?
  • Where were you when they broke the news about the 911 terrorist attacks?
  • Who wants to break the news to the director that Sandy quit without notice?
  • At Bechtel Corporation, I had to break the news to families when their relatives died working at our construction sites.
  • This weekend we need to break the news to our daughter that we're getting a divorce.
  • When the veterinarian broke the news that our dog was suffering and we should put her to sleep we were devastated. 
  • My doctor had little compassion when he broke the news I had contracted a sexually transmitted disease.


  • bring something out into the open
  • bring something to light
  • let the cat out of the bag
  • put one's cards on the table

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