Broke the mirror.
Broke a twig from the tree.
A plain that was broken by low hills; caught the ball without breaking stride.
Break a trail through the woods.
Break a story.
Broke the league's home-run record.
Break a deadlock in negotiations; break a strike.
Break a fall.
We accidentally broke the radio.
Indiscretion broke both marriage and career.
Break an engagement.
Break the speed limit.
The horse was difficult to break.
His arm broke from the fall.
The television broke.
The scaffolding broke during the storm.
The blister broke.
The clouds broke after the storm.
Broke twice in the first set.
Broke from his grip and ran off.
A storm was breaking over Miami. Crocuses broke from the soil.
The big story broke on Friday.
The quarterback broke to the left to avoid a tackler.
The pitch broke away from the batter.
His voice broke into a falsetto.
We'll break for coffee at ten.
The partners broke over a financial matter. One hates to break with an old friend.
The fever is breaking.
Their good cheer broke after repeated setbacks.
Stock prices broke when the firm suddenly announced layoffs.
The cold spell broke yesterday.
Waves that were breaking along the shore.
Things have been breaking well for them.
A break in the clouds.
The break of day.
The dog made a break toward the open field.
A prison break.
Television programming without commercial breaks.
A coffee break.
A break in the weather.
A security break.
Finally got the big break in life.
Made a break with the past; a break between the two families.
To break a strike.
The troops broke formation and ran; the racehorse stumbled and broke stride.
To break a tie.
To break and run.
His voice broke; the hot spell broke.
To break into song, break into a sweat, break out in hives.
Day was breaking; the story broke.
We broke for lunch.
Things were breaking badly.
The break of day.
- His ribs broke under the weight of the rocks piled on his chest.She broke his neck.He slipped on the ice and broke his leg.
If the vase falls to the floor, it might break.
She broke the vase.
Can you break a hundred-dollar bill for me?
The wholesaler broke the container loads into palettes and boxes for local retailers.
My heart is breaking.
You have to break an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden.
The interrogator hoped to break her to get her testimony against her accomplices.
I've got to break this habit I have of biting my nails.
To break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey.
I had won four games in a row, but now you've broken my streak of luck.
The recession broke some small businesses.
Susan's fever broke at about 3 AM, and the doctor said the worst was over.
On the hottest day of the year the refrigerator broke.
Did you two break the trolley by racing with it?
- (specifically) To cause the shell of (an egg) to crack, so that the inside (yolk) is accessible.
- (specifically) To open (a safe) without using the correct key, combination, or the like.
Break a seal.
The forecast says the hot weather will break by midweek.
He survived the jump out the window because the bushes below broke his fall.
Morning has broken.
Things began breaking bad for him when his parents died.
The arrest was standard, when suddenly the suspect broke ugly.
His voice breaks when he gets emotional.
He broke the men's 100-meter record.
I can't believe she broke 3 under par!
The policeman broke sixty on a residential street in his hurry to catch the thief.
The cavalry were not able to break the British squares.
To break flax.
To break into a run or gallop.
The femur has a clean break and so should heal easily.
The fiddle break was amazing, it was a pity the singer came back in on the wrong note.
I think we need a break.
Make a break for it.
Make a break for the door.
It was a clean break.
The final break in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point.
An example of break is to throw a glass to the ground and have it shatter into pieces.
An example of break is to disregard the Ten Commandments.
An example of break is the decision by a couple to take some time away from one another.
An example of break is a crack in the sidewalk.
- Used to wish someone, such as an actor, success in a performance.
- To eat together.
- To pack up equipment and leave a campsite.
- To emerge from a protected location or hiding place:The platoon broke cover and headed down the road.
- To gain an amount equal to that invested, as in a commercial venture.
- To begin a new construction project.
- To advance beyond previous achievements.
- To advance beyond previous achievements:Broke new ground in the field of computers.
- To make the utmost possible effort.
- To fall into disorder, as a formation of soldiers.
- To fail to conform to a prevailing or expected pattern or order:
- To disappoint or dispirit someone severely.
- To require more money than is available.
- To fall below the value of one dollar. Used of the net asset value of a mutual fund, especially a money market fund.
- To make a start.
- To relax a tense or unduly formal atmosphere or social situation.
- To expel intestinal gas.
- good luck!
- to leave suddenly; get away; escape
- to go out of working order
- to give way to tears or emotion
- to have a physical or nervous collapse
- to crush or overcome (opposition, etc.)
- to separate into parts; analyze
- to finish as neither a winner nor a loser
- to enter forcibly or unexpectedly
- to interrupt
- to train (a beginner)
- to prepare (something new) by use or wear
- to intrude on
- to interrupt
- to stop abruptly, as in talking
- to stop being friendly or intimate
- to begin suddenly
- to escape suddenly
- to become covered with pimples or a rash
- to show as a separate item, as on a financial statement
- to win a game in which one's opponent serves
- to separate; disperse
- to take apart; dismantle and scrap
- to put a stop to
- to end a relationship
- to distress or upset greatly
- to laugh or make laugh uncontrollably
- to be interrupted, as by interference or signal loss, often, specif., to the point of being unintelligible
- to stop treating someone harshly, critically, etc.
- the ways of fortune; the way one's luck plays out
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of break
- Middle English breken from Old English brecan bhreg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition