Sorry, but I disagree (see my first post). If I "burst into tears", it's not the same as "breaking down in tears". The end result in both cases is tears but how I got there is the difference.Yes.
You are exactly right, but I have to pad this to at least 10 words. ;-)
To "break down" is to be so overwhelmed by emotion as to have no control, to be unable to do anything else.- After her divorce with her husband, she broke down in tears.
- Is "break down in tears" considered the same meaning as "burst into tears" and "cry one's eyes out"?
Thanks a lot!