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How would you explain “reducing one to tears” in the context?

 

The hardwoods canopied above me provided shade, and the light fell through the green branches unceremoniously. The heat had gathered throughout the spring and now became a dense murk in the trellised pathway of the train tracks. Atlantic heat: muggy, thick with mosquitoes. It was quite unlike the heat in Al Tafar(a city in Iraq), which had the surprising effect of reducing one to tears in an instant, even after having spent hours broiling in it already. This heat was somehow more American; it confronted you immediately on your stepping out in it. Your breath warmed intolerably and it seemed you needed to push through it like a swimmer.

How would you explain “reducing one to tears” in “which had the surprising effect of reducing one to tears in an instant, even after having spent hours broiling in it already”?
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    Hi there ;),
    This is an expression that means that something is so bad that makes you cry.The "reducing" refers to a loss of your self-control.

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    reduce somebody to tears = make somebody cry

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