Definition of breakaway in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbreɪkəweɪ/


1A divergence or radical change from something established or long-standing: rock was a breakaway from pop
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  • For a change, this is a breakaway from the celluloid kitsch that prospers on the objectification and commodification of women in cinema.
  • A real breakaway from their studies is in store for two Killarney students in March as they head off to Helsinki to take part in EU debates.
  • This is a breakaway from the traditional five-night run so be sure to book your seat before it is too late.
1.1A secession of a number of people from an organization, resulting in the establishment of a new organization: [as modifier]: a breakaway group
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  • It met with a fierce response from software libre developers, with talk of creating a breakaway organization that could set royalty-free standards.
  • He said that players could well band together and try to buy back the world at the company's bankruptcy hearing - and then run it themselves as a breakaway republic.
  • It urged the EU to recognize the breakaway republics.
2A sudden attack or forward movement, especially in a race or a soccer game: a winning breakaway
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  • Despite some very hard attacks in the final laps of the races, and small breakaways coming from those attacks, the peloton still came into the last kilometer complete.
  • They continued to control matters and doubled their advantage in the 67th minute, ironically on a breakaway from a promising attack led by Mark Betts.
  • Prat was well up in the ensuing forward breakaway, and it was he who scored his side's second try.
2.1 Rugby Each of the two flank forwards on the outsides of the second row of a scrum formation.
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  • ‘I feel I've matured both physically and mentally,’ says the little breakaway, in a relaxed mood ahead of the second Sale warm-up match.
2.2Australian /NZ A stampede of animals, typically at the sight or smell of water.

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