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break

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1 a momentary halt in an activity

  • there was a brief break after the first movement as the doors to the concert hall were opened and the latecomers were allowed in
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2 a period during which the usual routine of school or work is suspended

  • most of the students at the boarding school are going home for Christmas break
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holiday [chiefly British], hols [British], leave, recess, vacation

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3 an open space in a barrier (as a wall or hedge)

  • the rancher repaired the break in the fence where the horse had gotten through
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4 a favorable combination of circumstances, time, and place

  • in classic fashion, her big break came when, as an understudy, she took over for an ailing star
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5 an unexpected benefit or advantage resulting from the uncertain course of events

  • a guy who just seems to get all the breaks in life
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stroke of luck

6 the act or an instance of getting free from danger or confinement

  • a desperate break from that hellhole
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break

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1 to cause to separate into pieces usually suddenly or forcibly

  • hated telling her that I had broken her favorite glass vase
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2 to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end

  • the final vote broke the deadlock
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have done with, put the kibosh on

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3 to bring to a lower grade or rank

  • the captain was broken to lieutenant commander for disobeying a direct order from his group commander
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4 to change (as a secret message) from code into ordinary language

  • Alan Turing and the Bletchley Park mathematicians broke the Enigma code being used by the Nazis
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5 to come to a temporary halt in one's activity

  • she broke from her ruminations to find that it was already dinnertime
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catch one's breath, hold one's horses

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6 to cut into and turn over the sod of (a piece of land) using a bladed implement

  • farmers once broke fields with horse-drawn plows
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7 to fail to keep

  • had to confess that he had broken his promise not to share their conversation with anyone
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8 to find an answer for through reasoning

  • Professor Bates broke the problem when she realized that it was possible to synthesize the necessary compounds
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10 to stop functioning

  • after working for 30 years, the pump simply broke one day
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11 to hasten away from something dangerous or frightening

  • the herd of gazelles broke when they saw the lions racing toward them from the ridge above
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beat a retreat, beat it, make tracks, turn tail

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12 to use up all the physical energy of

  • the trek up the mountain just about broke me
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wear to a frazzle

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13 to become known

  • as soon as the scandal broke, the CEO fled the country
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14 to cause to lose oneʼs fortune and become unable to pay oneʼs debts

  • another bad investment could break him
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15 to come into existence

  • the crisis had passed, and a new day was breaking
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16 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course

  • the running back broke to his left before running out of bounds
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18 to go beyond the limit of

  • a menu with prices that is likely to break the budgets of all but the wealthiest of diners
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19 to penetrate the surface (as of water) from below

  • dolphins were breaking all around the boat
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