Definition of break off in English:

break off

1Become severed: the fuselage had broken off just behind the pilot’s seat
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
snap off, come off, become detached, become separated, become severed
2Abruptly stop talking: she broke off, stifling a sob
More example sentences
  • 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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