Definition of breakaway in English:


Line breaks: break|away
Pronunciation: /ˈbreɪkəweɪ


  • 1A divergence or radical change from something established or long-standing: rock was a breakaway from pop
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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, resulting in the establishment of a new organization: [as modifier]: a breakaway group
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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.
  • 2A sudden attack or forward movement, especially in a race or a soccer game: 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.
  • 2.1 Rugby Each of the two flank forwards on the outsides of the second row of a scrum formation.
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    • ‘I feel I've matured both physically and mentally,’ says the little breakaway, in a relaxed mood ahead of the second Sale warm-up match.
  • 2.2Australian /NZ A stampede of animals, typically at the sight or smell of water.

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