break off

verb
broke off; broken off; breaking off; breaks off

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

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Examples of break off in a Sentence

the judge broke off court proceedings until after lunch talks between the two sides broke off when one began making unreasonable demands
Recent Examples on the Web The nation’s second-leading rusher, Dobbins scored from the 5 in the second quarter after breaking off a 67-yard run. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fields leads No. 4 Ohio State past Northwestern 52-3," 18 Oct. 2019 Negotiations continued Monday in Detroit after breaking off during the weekend. CBS News, "UAW strike could cost GM up to $100 million per day," 17 Sep. 2019 Negotiations continued Monday in Detroit after breaking off during the weekend. Washington Post, "Talks set to carry on but no deal yet in UAW strike vs GM," 17 Sep. 2019 Negotiations continued Monday in Detroit after breaking off during the weekend. Tom Krisher And Mike Householder, chicagotribune.com, "GM walkout brings more than 50 factories and warehouses to a standstill," 16 Sep. 2019 Negotiations resumed Monday in Detroit after breaking off during the weekend. SFChronicle.com, "Strike idles more than 50 GM factories and warehouses," 16 Sep. 2019 Negotiations resumed Monday in Detroit after breaking off during the weekend. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, "74 employees at GM parts distribution center in Hudson part of national strike," 16 Sep. 2019 The only downside was that the moment should have lasted longer, maybe allowing time for the two stars to combine forces on another four or five songs before breaking off into solo sets. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Review: Mary J Blige, Nas bring Royalty, star power to Bay Area," 15 Aug. 2019 Last month, major automakers instead appealed for the administration to return to talks with California, after breaking off negotiations. Ellen Knickmeyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Charlie Baker among 23 governors to join Calif. in opposing Trump mileage freeze," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of break off

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of break off was in the 14th century

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