Definition of BREAK

a momentary halt in an activity <there was a brief break after the first movement as the doors to the concert hall were opened and the latecomers were allowed in>
a period during which the usual routine of school or work is suspended <most of the students at the boarding school are going home for Christmas break>
Synonyms break, holiday [chiefly British], hols [British], leave, recess
an open space in a barrier (as a wall or hedge) <the rancher repaired the break in the fence where the horse had gotten through>
a favorable combination of circumstances, time, and place <in classic fashion, her big break came when, as an understudy, she took over for an ailing star>
Related Words play, way; juncture, pass
an unexpected benefit or advantage resulting from the uncertain course of events <a guy who just seems to get all the breaks in life>
Synonyms break, strike
the act or an instance of getting free from danger or confinement <a desperate break from that hellhole>
Synonyms break, breakout, bunk [British], flight, getaway, lam, rout, slip

March 30, 2015
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