give (someone) a break

Definition of give (someone) a break

:to stop treating (someone) in a strict or harsh way
  • Don't criticize him so much. He's doing the best he can. Why don't you give him a break?

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

break play
  1. : to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

  2. : fracture

  3. to fracture a bone of (a bodily part)

  1. : an act or action of breaking

  2. : the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

  3. : a gap or opening caused or appearing as if caused by damage : a condition produced by or as if by breaking : gap


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