break the news

break the news
   to obtain a confession or other information through violence
   The victim is made aware of the extent of his predicament:
    'Breaking the news'... and numerous other phrases are employed by the police... as euphemisms to express how they compel reluctant prisoners to refresh their memories. (Lavine, 1930)

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  • break the news — index notify, reveal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Break the News — Infobox Album Name = Break the News Type = studio Artist = Darin Released = November 22 2006 (Sweden) September 28 2007 (Germany) Recorded = 2006 Genre = Pop Length = 41:02 Label = Sony BMG, EMI Producer = Reviews = Last album = Darin (2005) This …   Wikipedia

  • break the news — tell some information first He is planning to break the news to her about his transfer tomorrow …   Idioms and examples

  • break the news — to make known new information. Detectives broke the news to Mrs. Allen that her husband s body had been identified. Usage notes: usually said about information that causes sadness or worry …   New idioms dictionary

  • break the news to — give the bad news to , tell someone of unfortunate things …   English contemporary dictionary

  • break the news — Synonyms and related words: air, announce, break it to, breathe, bring word, come out with, confide, confide to, divulgate, divulge, evulgate, give a report, give out, give tidings of, give vent to, inform, let get around, let in on, let out,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • break the news — verb To inform someone of something first, usually used when it will be difficult to tell the person …   Wiktionary

  • Break the News —    Voir Fausses Nouvelles …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • break the news (to somebody) — break the ˈnews (to sb) idiom to be the first to tell sb some bad news Main entry: ↑newsidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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