break away from

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of break away from

1 :to get away from (someone or something) especially by using force or effort
  • He broke away from his captors and escaped.
often used figuratively
  • young people breaking away from traditional values
2 :to separate from (a larger group, country, etc.)
  • a faction that has broken away from the main political party

Word by Word Definitions

break play
  1. : to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

  2. : fracture

  3. to fracture a bone of (a bodily part)

  1. : an act or action of breaking

  2. : the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

  3. : a gap or opening caused or appearing as if caused by damage : a condition produced by or as if by breaking : gap

away play
  1. : on the way : along

  2. : from this or that place

  3. : in a secure place or manner

  1. : absent from a place : gone

  2. : distant in space or time

  3. : played on an opponent's grounds


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