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.

— We're going to have to break the news to the kids soon that we can't go to Disney World next month.

— I want someone to be with my sister when we break the news that my dad's in intensive care at the hospital.


  • 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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