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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

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

bad break British & World English

A piece of bad luck

big break British & World English

An opportunity or chance that leads to professional success, especially in sport or show business

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

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 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

lucky break British & World English

A piece of good luck, especially one that leads to success

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

break step British & World English

Stop walking or marching in step with others

break sweat British & World English

Exert oneself physically

word break British & World English

A point at which a word is split between two lines of text by means of a hyphen

break through British & World English

Make or force a way through (a barrier)

break feeding British & World English

A system of controlling the feeding of grazing animals by dividing their paddock with movable electric fences


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