Definition of breakaway in English:


Syllabification: break·a·way
Pronunciation: /ˈbrākəˌwā


1A divergence or radical change from something established or long standing: rock was a breakaway from pop [as modifier]: the breakaway hit movie
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  • For a change, this is a breakaway from the celluloid kitsch that prospers on the objectification and commodification of women in cinema.
  • A real breakaway from their studies is in store for two Killarney students in March as they head off to Helsinki to take part in EU debates.
  • This is a breakaway from the traditional five-night run so be sure to book your seat before it is too late.
1.1A secession of a number of people from an organization, typically following conflict or disagreement and resulting in the establishment of a new organization: [as modifier]: the breakaway republic
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  • It met with a fierce response from software libre developers, with talk of creating a breakaway organization that could set royalty-free standards.
  • He said that players could well band together and try to buy back the world at the company's bankruptcy hearing - and then run it themselves as a breakaway republic.
  • It urged the EU to recognize the breakaway republics.
separatist, secessionist, schismatic, splinter;
rebel, renegade
2 Sports A sudden attack or forward movement, especially in a bicycle race or in hockey or football: a winning breakaway
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  • Despite some very hard attacks in the final laps of the races, and small breakaways coming from those attacks, the peloton still came into the last kilometer complete.
  • They continued to control matters and doubled their advantage in the 67th minute, ironically on a breakaway from a promising attack led by Mark Betts.
  • Prat was well up in the ensuing forward breakaway, and it was he who scored his side's second try.
3An object, such as a stage prop, designed to break apart easily: [as modifier]: barroom brawls are staged with breakaway furniture
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  • Design choices like elevating the house and installing breakaway understory walls saved this Pascagoula, Mississippi home from damage in a flood.
  • I want some of that breakaway plastic stuff to make glass panels out of.
  • We stock a selection of breakaway chairs, stools, and tables at the best prices in town, with speed and accuracy.

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