break away from


: 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
: to separate from (a larger group, country, etc.)
a faction that has broken away from the main political party

Examples of break away from in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden is wooing moderate Republicans in the debt ceiling standoff, trying to convince them to break away from Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Lyna Bentahar, New York Times, 11 May 2023 Manchin has continued to break away from his party on the debt issue, insisting the United States needs to stop spending unnecessary sums and urging Biden to come to an agreement with Republicans. Eden Villalovas, Washington Examiner, 9 May 2023 Using the runway as a place of biography can serve as a way to break away from fashion’s exclusionary insistence on old-school thinking. Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Feb. 2023 Some people think these schools may break away from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its rules that govern college sports and begin to pay their players. Fred Bowen, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Written with Amy Wadge and producer Jennifer Decilveo, the track is a love letter to her home state of Pennsylvania with a yearning to break away from New York and Los Angeles and return to her roots. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 27 June 2022 Those include potential Name, Image an Likeness abuses, the transfer portal and whether the Power 5 leagues will break away from the NCAA, for football only, and govern themselves. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2022 The Saraland city school system accepted its first students in 2008, after a vote to break away from the Mobile County system. al, 2 May 2022 Don’t be afraid to try bold colors too, like rich neon hues, that break away from the norm. Kristina Rutkowski, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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“Break away from.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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