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broke British & World English

past (and archaic past participle) of break

broke in break1 British & World English

Separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain

stone broke British & World English

North American term for stony broke.

stony broke British & World English

Entirely without money

go for broke in broke British & World English

Risk everything in an all-out effort

go for broke British & World English

Risk everything in an all-out effort

all hell breaks loose in hell British & World English

Suddenly there is pandemonium

break1 British & World English

Stop proceedings in order to have a pause or vacation

break in in break1 British & World English

Force entry to a building

break off British & World English

Become severed

break out British & World English

(Of war, fighting, or similarly undesirable things) start suddenly

break up British & World English

Disintegrate or disperse

break out in break1 British & World English

(Of war, fighting, or similarly undesirable things) start suddenly

break up in break1 British & World English

Disintegrate or disperse

break in British & World English

Force entry to a building

break even in break1 British & World English

Reach a point in a business venture when the profits are equal to the costs

break ship in break1 British & World English

Fail to rejoin one’s ship after absence on leave

break wind in break1 British & World English

Release gas from the anus

break away in break1 British & World English

Escape from someone’s hold

break down in break1 British & World English

(Of a machine or motor vehicle) suddenly cease to function

break free in break1 British & World English

another way of saying break away.

break into in break1 British & World English

Enter or open (a place, vehicle, or container) forcibly, especially for the purposes of theft

break into British & World English

Enter or open (a place, vehicle, or container) forcibly, especially for the purposes of theft

break with British & World English

Quarrel or cease relations with (someone)

break with in break1 British & World English

Quarrel or cease relations with (someone)

break even British & World English

Reach a point in a business venture when the profits are equal to the costs

break ship British & World English

Fail to rejoin one’s ship after absence on leave

break wind British & World English

Release gas from the anus

break away British & World English

Escape from someone’s hold

break down British & World English

(Of a machine or motor vehicle) suddenly cease to function

break camp in camp1 British & World English

Take down a tent or the tents of an encampment ready to leave

break camp British & World English

Take down a tent or the tents of an encampment ready to leave

break rank in rank1 British & World English

(Of soldiers or police officers) fail to remain in line

break rank British & World English

(Of soldiers or police officers) fail to remain in line

break step British & World English

Stop walking or marching in step with others

break step in step British & World English

Stop walking or marching in step with others

if it ain't broke, don't fix it in broke British & World English

If something is reasonably successful or effective, there is no need to change or replace it

if it ain't broke, don't fix it British & World English

If something is reasonably successful or effective, there is no need to change or replace it

break bread in bread British & World English

Celebrate the Eucharist

break bread British & World English

Celebrate the Eucharist

break serve in break1 British & World English

Win a game in a tennis match against an opponent’s service

break forth in break1 British & World English

Burst out suddenly; emerge

break serve British & World English

Win a game in a tennis match against an opponent’s service

break forth British & World English

Burst out suddenly; emerge

break faith in faith British & World English

Be disloyal (or loyal)

break faith British & World English

Be disloyal (or loyal)

break ground in ground1 British & World English

Do preparatory digging or other work prior to building or planting something

break ground British & World English

Do preparatory digging or other work prior to building or planting something

housebreak British & World English

another term for house-train.


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