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breakaway

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noun break·away \ˈbrā-kə-ˌwā\

Definition of breakaway

  1. 1a :  one that breaks awayb :  a departure from or rejection of (as a group or tradition)

  2. 2a :  a play (as in hockey) in which an offensive player breaks free of the defenders and rushes toward the goalb :  a sudden acceleration by one or more bicyclists pulling away from the pack in a race

  3. 3 :  an object made to shatter or collapse under pressure or impact

1881

First Known Use of breakaway

1881


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breakaway

adjective break·away

Definition of breakaway

  1. 1 :  favoring independence from an affiliation :  seceding a breakaway faction formed a new party

  2. 2 :  made to break, shatter, or bend easily breakaway road signs for highway safety

  3. 3a :  of, relating to, or resulting from a breakaway a breakaway goalb :  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.

1927

First Known Use of breakaway

1927


BREAKAWAY Defined for English Language Learners


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breakaway

adjective break·away

Definition of breakaway for English Language Learners

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



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