Definition of break the back of in English:

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break the back of

1Accomplish the main or hardest part of (a task): we’ve broken the back of the problem
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  • They broke the back of the task by adding 81 runs in 16 overs for the first wicket.
  • They broke the back of their task with an opening stand of 111 in only 18 overs.
  • The grants from broke the back of the funding but raising the rest was still a real challenge.
1.1Overwhelm or defeat: I thought we really had broken the back of inflation
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  • The resistance to the war at home broke the back of the government.
  • The wars over the Fair Housing Act were vicious and essentially broke the back of the civil rights consensus in the Democratic party.
  • His historic march to the sea was the campaign that broke the back of the Confederacy.
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