Definition of break away in English:

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break away

1Escape from someone’s hold: Anna attempted to break away, but he held her tight
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  • He was trying to break away from the officer and get at the other man.
  • The victim managed to break away from the assailants and ran off.
  • I broke away from Tobias, moving to attack again.
escape, get away, run away, make a break for it, make a run for it, run for it, make one's getaway, flee, make off;
break free, break loose, get out of someone's clutches
1.1Escape from the control of a person, group, or practice: an attempt to break away from the elitism that has dominated the book trade
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  • She said the problem had its roots in teenagers, some of whom might have problems at home, trying to break away from parental control.
  • After the February Revolution the Church saw an opportunity to break away from state control without sacrificing the privileges which cooperation with the state had obtained.
  • Girls had to break away from the bonds of home and family to be free to do what they wanted.
leave, secede from, break with, split with, split off from, separate (oneself) from, detach oneself from, part company with, disaffiliate from, defect from, desert;
form a splinter group
1.2(Of a competitor in a race) move into the lead: he broke away and opened up a 40-second lead
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  • However, at the start of the second lap five riders broke away stretching their lead to around 20 seconds.
  • But Australia and Germany broke away early on to move a lap ahead of the field.
  • With eight kilometers left in the race seven women broke away from the main peloton.
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