make a clean break

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Definition of make a clean break

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: 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.

make a clean breast of

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Definition of make a clean breast of (Entry 2 of 2)

: to speak openly and honestly about (something that previously has been lied about or kept secret) I decided to make a clean breast of it/things and admit that I was to blame.

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“Make a clean break.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%20clean. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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