Definition of break out in English:

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break out

1(Of war, fighting, or similarly undesirable things) start suddenly: forest fires have broken out across Indonesia
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  • The incident happened after a fight broke out between a group of up to six youngsters in the school's playground at about 8.45 am.
  • Police were called after fighting broke out among a group of around 40 men.
  • When war broke out he willingly fought for Britain, and before being sent to France he adopted a British name so that he would not be shot as a traitor if captured.
flare up, start/begin suddenly, erupt, burst out, blow up, set in
1.1(Of a physical discomfort) suddenly manifest itself: prickles of sweat had broken out along her backbone
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  • A flush feeling came over my face as though I had suddenly broken out into a cold sweat.
  • You may suddenly break out into a sweat with cold, clammy skin.
  • A sudden chill went down his spine, and sweat broke out on his hands and face.
2Escape: a prisoner broke out of his cell
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  • Yes, and once you're in the prison system it's very hard to break out of it.
  • Eventually convicted, he broke out of jail and formed the Stander Gang, which sometimes robbed four banks a day.
  • Should they manage to escape, they are to be pursued as dangerous fugitives and charged in the same way as convicts who break out of high security jails.
escape from, make one's escape from, break loose from, burst out of, abscond from, flee from;
get free
See parent entry: break
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