Translation of break off in Spanish:

break off

  • 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (detach) partir she broke off a piece of chocolate and gave it to him partió un trozo de chocolate y se lo dio 1.2 (end, stop) [engagement/diplomatic relations] romper* the president broke off his harangue el presidente interrumpió su arenga
  • 2verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 2.1 (snap off, come free) [piece of ice] desprenderse the handle broke off se le rompió or salió el asa 2.2 (stop talking) parar (de hablar), detenerse*, callarse she broke off in mid-sentence paró or se detuvo or se calló en la mitad de la frase
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.