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    #1

    What does it mean?

    During the reading of a novel I came across these sentences:

    - Before leaving, you have to break off your homework.

    - When I head it, I just broke off what I was doing actually.

    May "to break off" mean to stop doing...or something?

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    #2

    Re: What does it mean?

    During the reading of a novel I came across these sentences:

    - Before leaving, you have to break off your homework.

    - When I head it, I just broke off what I was doing actually.

    May "to break off" mean to stop doing...or something?

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    #3

    Re: What does it mean?

    Yes, it means to stop or interrupt.

    I think it is a British expression.

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    #4

    Re: What does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    During the reading of a novel I came across these sentences:

    - Before leaving, you have to break off your homework.

    - When I head it, I just broke off what I was doing at the time. "actually" is not appropriate here.

    May "to break off" mean to stop doing...or something?
    Yes, "to break off" can mean to stop doing something. Please have patience and don't repost the same question.

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    #5

    Re: What does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedq View Post
    Yes, it means to stop or interrupt. .....I think it is a British expression.
    ''Break off' may well be restricted to us offshore Europeans, but Before leaving, you have to break off your homework. is unnatural for me.

    When I heard it, I just broke off what I was doing actually is slightly less unnatural.

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