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break off 1

1Become severed: the fuselage had broken off just behind the pilot’s seat
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  • It began life as a separate ice tongue roughly the size of Belgium before breaking off and floating into the Southern Ocean.
  • Every time I grabbed anything on the side of the rock to try to stop my descent, it broke off and came with me.
  • Two of the chairs legs broke off in a loud snap from the force of the blow.
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snap off, come off, become detached, become separated, become severed
2Abruptly stop talking: she broke off, stifling a sob
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  • Faith and Grace who had been telling him something, abruptly broke off, when Father got up and rushed over to me.
  • But he broke off when he remembered that he was talking to the enemy, not an ally.
  • As he was saying this, his son John appeared and he broke off.
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break-off 2 Line breaks: break-off

noun

An instance of breaking something off or of discontinuing something: the break-off of the talks was temporary
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  • However, their impersonal nature can lead to increased interview break-offs and low response rates, perhaps because they squander any rapport that the interviewer may develop with the respondent.
  • In contrast to T-ACASI, however, the presence of interviewers may improve data quality and reduce interview break-offs because interviewers can respond to requests for clarification.
  • This is just one of a range of community-based events around the country such as dance parties, hip-hop classes, break-offs, a youth car show, and sports events.

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