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breakaway

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noun break·away \ ˈbrā-kə-ˌwā \

Definition of breakaway

1 a :one that breaks away
b :a departure from or rejection of something (such as a group or tradition)
2 a :a play (as in hockey) in which an offensive player breaks free of the defenders and rushes toward the goal
b :a sudden acceleration by one or more bicyclists pulling away from the pack in a race
3 :an object made to shatter or collapse under pressure or impact

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First Known Use of breakaway

1881


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breakaway

adjective

Definition of breakaway

1 :favoring independence from an affiliation :seceding
  • a breakaway faction formed a new party
2 :made to break, shatter, or bend easily
  • breakaway road signs for highway safety
3 a :of, relating to, or resulting from a breakaway
  • a breakaway goal
b :allowing or having an ability to execute a breakaway
  • breakaway speed

Examples of breakaway in a Sentence

  1. A breakaway faction formed a new party.

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First Known Use of breakaway

1927


break away

verb

Definition of break away

intransitive verb
1 :to detach oneself especially from a group :get away
2 :to depart from former or accustomed ways
3 :to pull away with a burst of speed

First Known Use of break away

1535


BREAKAWAY Defined for English Language Learners

breakaway

adjective

Definition of breakaway for English Language Learners

  • : having become separate from a larger group, country, etc. : having broken away



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