To become hostile and menacing: I don't want to make eye contact with this sucker because he may break bad on me (1970s+ Black)
And her real thought when she asked him if he had come to break bad news was that something had happened to Temple.
It's something fierce when it begins to break bad, ain't it?
I am but a poor diplomat to break bad news, as they call it, to any one, so I blurt out the truth at once.
Oh, Arthur, are you only trying to break bad news to me by littles?
But Rennie's effort to break bad news gently was too obvious.
Mr. Smith answered me in the tone and with the manner of one who is seeking to break bad news gradually and gently to another.
He imagined that Jane Brown would not think writing home on hospital stationery a good way to break bad news.
For a terrible moment, she feared that the Squire might be about to break bad news of Alfred.
Between man and man, he was no believer in striving to break bad news gently.