Definition of break off in English:

break off

  • 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.
    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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