break off

verb
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of break off

intransitive verb
1 : to stop abruptly
  • break off in the middle of a sentence
2 : to become detached
  • branches that broke off in the storm
3 : to end a relationship
  • broke off with his business partner
transitive verb
1 : discontinue
  • break off diplomatic relations
2 : to remove by or as if by breaking
  • broke off a chunk of bread

Examples of break off in a Sentence

  1. the judge broke off court proceedings until after lunch

  2. talks between the two sides broke off when one began making unreasonable demands

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First Known Use of break off

14th century



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