reduce someone to tears

reduce someone to tears
reduce (someone) to tears to make someone cry.

His classmates jeered, reducing him to tears.


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  • reduce someone to tears — довести до слёз You may choose to scold this child, but there s no need to reduce him to tears. Source: (Arakin 4, 15) …   Idioms and examples

  • reduce to tears — reduce (someone) to tears to make someone cry. His classmates jeered, reducing him to tears …   New idioms dictionary

  • reduce — re|duce [ rı dus ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to make something smaller or less in size, amount, importance, etc: CUT DOWN: Try to reduce the amount of fat in your diet. reduce something by something: The workforce will be reduced by around 30… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • reduce to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms reduce to : present tense I/you/we/they reduce to he/she/it reduces to present participle reducing to past tense reduced to past participle reduced to 1) reduce something to something to make something change… …   English dictionary

  • reduce — re•duce [[t]rɪˈdus, ˈdyus[/t]] v. duced, duc•ing 1) to bring down to a smaller size, amount, price, etc 2) to lower in degree, intensity, etc 3) to demote to a lower rank 4) to treat analytically, as a complex idea 5) to act destructively upon (a …   From formal English to slang

  • reduce — re|duce W1S1 [rıˈdju:s US rıˈdu:s] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: reducere to lead back , from ducere to lead ] 1.) [T] to make something smaller or less in size, amount, or price = ↑cut →↑reduction ▪ The governor announced a new plan to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • reduce — verb 1 (T) to make something smaller or less in size, amount, or price: We were hoping that they would reduce the rent a little. | reduce sth by half/ten percent etc: The workforce has been reduced by half. (+ to): All the shirts were reduced to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • reduce to tears —    If your behaviour or attitude makes someone cry, you reduce them to tears.     The teacher criticized her presentation so harshly that she was reduced to tears …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • reduce — [[t]rɪdju͟ːs, AM du͟ːs[/t]] ♦♦ reduces, reducing, reduced 1) VERB If you reduce something, you make it smaller in size or amount, or less in degree. [V n] It reduces the risks of heart disease... [V n] Consumption is being reduced by 25 per cent …   English dictionary

  • reduce to tears — ask hurtful questions until someone cries    The lawyer s hurtful questions soon reduced Karla to tears …   English idioms

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