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break1 British & World English

Separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain

break2 British & World English

Former term for breaking cart.

break English Thesaurus

the mirror fell to the floor, where it broke into pieces

bad break British & World English

A piece of bad luck

break in British & World English

Force entry to a building

break-in British & World English

An illegal forced entry of a building or vehicle, typically to steal something

break off British & World English

Become severed

break-off British & World English

An instance of breaking something off or of discontinuing something

break out British & World English

(Of war, fighting, or similarly undesirable things) start suddenly

break up British & World English

Disintegrate or disperse

break-up British & World English

The separation or breaking up of something into several pieces or sections

leg break British & World English

A ball which deviates from the leg side towards the off side after pitching

off break British & World English

A ball which deviates from the off side towards the leg side after pitching

tax break British & World English

A tax concession or advantage allowed by government

tea break British & World English

A short rest period during the working day, in which people typically drink a cup of tea or coffee

break-in English Thesaurus

police are investigating a series of break-ins in the area

break-up English Thesaurus

the break-up of the peace negotiations

break in break English Thesaurus

the mirror fell to the floor, where it broke into pieces

break in holiday English Thesaurus

she took a 10-day holiday

break in leave2 English Thesaurus

the judge granted leave to appeal

break in vacation English Thesaurus

he is on vacation

break-up New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

break bread British & World English

Celebrate the Eucharist

break even British & World English

Reach a point in a business venture when the profits are equal to the costs

break-even British & World English

The point or state at which a person or company breaks even

break serve British & World English

Win a game in a tennis match against an opponent’s service

break ship British & World English

Fail to rejoin one’s ship after absence on leave

break wind British & World English

Release gas from the anus

break away British & World English

Escape from someone’s hold

break down British & World English

(Of a machine or motor vehicle) suddenly cease to function

break forth British & World English

Burst out suddenly; emerge

break into British & World English

Enter or open (a place, vehicle, or container) forcibly, especially for the purposes of theft

break with British & World English

Quarrel or cease relations with (someone)

break-bulk British & World English

Denoting a system of transporting cargo as separate pieces rather than in containers

break crop British & World English

A secondary crop grown to interrupt the repeated sowing of cereals as part of crop rotation

break-fall British & World English

(In martial arts) a controlled fall in which most of the impact is absorbed by the arms or legs

break point British & World English

A place or time at which an interruption or change is made

break camp British & World English

Take down a tent or the tents of an encampment ready to leave

break cover British & World English

Suddenly leave a place of shelter, especially vegetation, when being hunted or pursued

break faith British & World English

Be disloyal (or loyal)

fast break British & World English

A swift attack from a defensive position in basketball, soccer, and other ball games

line break British & World English

A point at which text is split into two lines; the end of a line

point break British & World English

(In surfing) a type of wave characteristic of a coast with a headland

break rank British & World English

(Of soldiers or police officers) fail to remain in line


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