make a clean break

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make a clean break

:to end a relationship quickly
  • If you don't want to keep dating him, you should just make a clean break instead of dragging it out.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

clean play
  1. : free from dirt or pollution

  2. : free from contamination or disease

  3. : free or relatively free from radioactivity

  1. : so as to clean

  2. : in a clean manner

  3. : all the way : completely

  1. : to make clean: such as

  2. : to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter

  3. : to rid of corruption

  1. : an act of cleaning dirt especially from the surface of something

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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