Phrasal Verbs With 'Break'

We have 23 phrasal verb definition related to 'break'.

Break away

Meaning:

Leave an organisation, usually to form a new one

Example:

The SDP BROKE AWAY from the Labour Party.

Break down

Meaning:

End negotiations unsuccessfully

Example:

The talks between management and the unions BROKE DOWN acrimoniously.

Break down

Meaning:

Start crying

Example:

He BROKE DOWN in tears.

Break down

Meaning:

Stop working

Example:

My car's BROKEN DOWN, so I came by taxi.

Break down

Meaning:

Remove a barrier or obstacle

Example:

He had to BREAK DOWN their opposition to his ideas.

Break for

Meaning:

To go or run towards a place, especially when you are trying to escape

Example:

She had to hold him back as he tried to BREAK FOR the door.

Break in

Meaning:

Go into a building to steal something

Example:

The burglars BROKE IN and stole the TV and video.

Break in

Meaning:

Interrupt something

Example:

I'm sorry to BREAK IN on your conversation, but there's a problem.

Break in

Meaning:

Train a horse to be ridden

Example:

It took ages to BREAK the horse IN.

Break in

Meaning:

Carefully use new products until they are fully functional.

Example:

I must watch my speed until I BREAK IN my new Volvo.

Break into

Meaning:

Start doing something

Example:

He BROKE INTO a run when he saw the police.

Break into

Meaning:

Be accepted into a profession or field

Example:

She's trying to BREAK INTO acting.

Break into

Meaning:

Start to spend funds, usually out of necessity

Example:

I had to BREAK INTO my savings to pay off the bills.

Break off

Meaning:

Break a piece from something

Example:

She BROKE OFF a square of chocolate and gave it to her dog.

Break off

Meaning:

End a relationship

Example:

She BROKE OFF their engagement when she found out that he'd been unfaithful.

Break out

Meaning:

Start (war, conflict)

Example:

They're worried that war will BREAK OUT.

Break out in

Meaning:

Sweat heavily, develop skin sores or irritation.

Example:

The measles caused me to BREAK OUT IN a rash.

Break out of

Meaning:

Escape

Example:

Three dangerous Category A prisoners BROKE OUT OF Wandsworth Prison last night.

Break through

Meaning:

Pass a barrier or obstacle

Example:

The crowd BROKE THROUGH the police barriers and attacked the hunters.

Break up

Meaning:

Break into many pieces

Example:

The plate BROKE UP when he dropped it on the floor.

Break up

Meaning:

Close an educational institution for the holidays

Example:

Schools BREAK UP at the end of June for the summer holidays.

Break up

Meaning:

Finish a relationship

Example:

They had been going out for a couple of years before they BROKE UP.

Break up

Meaning:

Become inaudible over the telephone because of interference

Example:

You're BREAKING UP; I'll call you back in a minute and see if we get a better connection.


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