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break off

verb

Definition of break off

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to stop abruptly <break off in the middle of a sentence>

  3. 2 :  to become detached <branches that broke off in the storm>

  4. 3 :  to end a relationship <broke off with his business partner>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  discontinue <break off diplomatic relations>

  7. 2 :  to remove by or as if by breaking <broke off a chunk of bread>



Examples of break off

  1. <the judge broke off court proceedings until after lunch>

  2. <talks between the two sides broke off when one began making unreasonable demands>



14th Century

First Known Use of break off

14th century


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