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break

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1 a momentary halt in an activity
  • The band came back on stage after a short break.
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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 winter break.
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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 prison
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break

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1 to cause to separate into pieces usually suddenly or forcibly
  • I 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 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
  • The story broke just yesterday.
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14 to cause to lose one's fortune and become unable to pay one's 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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17 to diminish the price or value of
  • distressing economic news that will break many energy stocks
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18 to go beyond the limit of
  • The temperature tomorrow might break the previous record.
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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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