Meaning of “break it/the news to sb” in the English Dictionary

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"break it/the news to sb" in British English

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break it/the news to sb

C2 to tell someone about something unpleasant that will affect or upset them :

Come on, what happened? Break it to me gently (= in a kind way).
I didn't want to be the one to break the news to him.

(Definition of “break it/the news to sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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