break formation

idiom

: to stop being or moving together in an organized group
The planes broke formation and took off in different directions.

Examples of break formation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once Allied bombers were attacked, P-51 pilots had permission to break formation and shoot down German fighters at will. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 The group did not run toward the gunshots or break formation. Nicole Chavez, Ryan Young and Angela Barajas, CNN, 25 Oct. 2020

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“Break formation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/break%20formation. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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