Definition of make-and-break in English:

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A switch or other device in which electrical contact is automatically made and broken.
Example sentences
  • This sounded the death knell for the slow and heavy make-and-breaks.
  • Auto engines had much more horsepower per pound of weight, and though physically larger, they did not weigh much more than the make-and-breaks.
  • The hammer type of make-and-break has given very good service.

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