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.
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    • 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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