clean break


: complete separation from something
When he left home, he made a clean break with the past.

Examples of clean break in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are so many avenues to staying in touch that a clean break is impossible. Jackson McHenry, Vulture, 12 Feb. 2024 But from day one, the new prime minister has an opportunity to demonstrate a clean break from his predecessors’ legacies. Raja Khalidi, Foreign Affairs, 19 Mar. 2024 Anitta brought on Rebeca León, known for working with Rosalía, a change that marked a clean break in her career. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 28 Feb. 2024 Or actually cured, to have a clean break and start over? Gerrad Hall,, 31 May 2023 Khan maintains widespread popularity among Pakistan’s largely young voters, who view him as a clean break from the political dynasties or military establishments that ruled the South Asian nation for much of its independent history. Sophia Saifi, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 If Florida State paves the way for a relatively clean break from the conference, the Hurricanes could follow that path to a bigger conference. Adam Lichtenstein, Sun Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2024 Instead, the automaker called a time out and used it to engineer a clean break from the Land Cruiser's increasingly expensive and bloated mall-cruiser trajectory. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 1 Aug. 2023 In his first days in office, U.S. President Joe Biden has worked to signal a clean break with his predecessor. Daniel H. Nexon, Foreign Affairs, 15 Feb. 2021

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“Clean break.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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